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January 2013 AUSA News

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Soldier for Life, a new Army initiative, is a holistic approach to the military life cycle career of a soldier. The U.S. Army takes care of teammates by ensuring soldiers start strong, serve strong and reintegrate strong so they remain Army Strong...
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With 100,000 soldiers expected to leave the military in the next five years, the Army is revamping its Transition Assistance Program to help both departing soldiers and spouses enter the civilian work force, Thomas Lamont, assistant secretary of the...
"Our profession is built on the bedrock of trust," the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, said. "Trust is earned. It is not given," Odierno told attendees at an Institute of Land Warfare Military Forum titled "The Army Profession" Oct. 23 during...
The Army is working diligently to prevent war in the future through select Army units, partnered with allies and specific nations around the globe; a strategy it terms "regional alignment." "Regional alignment is all about providing the combatant...
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan provided "tremendous battlelabs" for Army special operations forces (SOF), Lt. Gen Charles Cleveland said. Adding, and now, with one war over and the other winding down, "we have to make sure we don’t lose the gains...
The U.S. Army is transitioning from a force which has over the past decade been engaged primarily in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to one which will be tasked with a wider, and less predictable set of missions, service leaders said recently. Of...
The commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command said the Army’s future success "depends on us staying together" as the service winds down combat operations in Iraq and positions itself for the future. Gen. David Rodriguez, speaking Oct. 22 at...
At first blush, the Rapid Armored Tactical Vehicle looks like others of its type – a flat paint job – in this case, black; big military-grade tires, armor plating, with a chassis that can be configured to adapt to mission requirements. This one is...
The rate of suicides among soldiers is of the utmost concern and has major effects on units as well as families, Army Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont said Oct. 22 at a Military Family Forum convened at the...
At an isolated forward operating base (FOB) in Afghanistan, helicopters would fly in once a week to deliver 800 gallons of fuel. Of that, 600 gallons were to keep the generators running. It was an enormously expensive way to deliver fuel, Maj. Gen...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has released a new Defense Report titled "Army Total Force Policy: Fully Integrating the Operational Reserve" (Defense Report, November 2012). This publication examines steps the Army is taking to ensure future...
With the emphasis on blast protection to mitigate the damage inflicted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one manufacturer believes it is producing a device that will improve vehicle passengers’ survivability. The Blast Seat Damper can fit into...
With the heavy presence of military, government and civilian personnel in hot spots like Afghanistan and the Middle East, the need for vehicles that can resist ambush attacks arguably has never been greater. To meet that need, the Streit Group has...
As far as professional forums and trade shows go, exhibitors’ offerings at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition share a few commonalities with the military and other industry representatives. New products and...
When Lisa Hallett’s husband John, an Army company commander in the 1-17 Stryker Battalion, was killed in Afghanistan three years ago, she instinctively turned to her favorite activity. "Running is how I have always dealt with the challenges of...
The three companies who won the contract to develop prototype replacements for the Humvee each made their respective cases as to why their designs ultimately should prevail, during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and...
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Yet again I must report that defense appropriations legislation remains unfinished more than two months after the beginning of the new fiscal year. The defense appropriations legislation is tied up in the current negotiations over the "fiscal cliff...
While laser-based firearms training simulators have long proven their worth for safety and effectiveness, they still are costly and often limited to certain weapons and venues. Laser Ammo USA Inc., the U.S. arm of the Israel-based Laser Devices Inc...
The Army is undertaking a process of looking at its potential needs 30 years into the future to determine what science and technology (S&T) efforts it needs to invest in today, senior service leaders have said. The Army has developed a Strategic...
Under the strain of more than a decade of war, the Army is increasing its focus on the health of soldiers, their families and veterans. It is training commanders at all levels in skills that range from suicide prevention to helping injured troops...
Since the first unmanned robots debuted on the battlefield in Bosnia in 1999, the devices have more than proved their worth in a variety of missions. Troops in the field who once had to put themselves in harm’s way for explosive-ordnance disposal (...
With the Stryker armored fighting vehicle having proven its track record under the most severe combat conditions since its introduction in 2002, General Dynamics Corp. – the company that designed and built it – is gearing up to broaden its...
A new, high-tech exhibit gallery that opened in Carlisle, Pa., Nov. 9 allows the public to immerse themselves in "The Soldier Experience." The 7,000-square foot gallery and interactive exhibit at the U.S. Army War College’s Army Heritage and...
Emotional pain is real, the Army surgeon general told a group of soldiers, family members and family readiness group leaders in Washington, D.C. Oct. 23. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho illustrated the point by showing a montage of news clips and photos...
The Army warrant officer community is experiencing an array of changes, with increased opportunities and responsibilities, but that will include greater requirements for education to win promotions, a panel of senior warrant officers said Oct. 23...
The opportunities and challenges cyberspace presents have changed not only the way the world operates, but also the Army, officials said Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C. Army leaders addressed the growing arena of cyberspace and the threats it presents...
The chief of the Army Reserve told a special seminar at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition: "We’re going to do more with less. We’ll set the priorities." Speaking Tuesday, Oct. 23, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley said...