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AUSA 2019 Features Forums with Senior Army Leaders

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U.S. Army
Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Nine contemporary military forums are scheduled for the 2019 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, featuring pressing subjects about the future force.

All of the forums are hosted by AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare.

On Oct. 14, readiness and people will be the topics of the contemporary military forums.

At 2 p.m., former Army Undersecretary Patrick Murphy, a senior fellow at AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare, will moderate a forum on future readiness, looking at 2022 and beyond. Gen. Michael Garrett, Army Forces Command commander, will be the lead speaker. Panelists will include Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli of U.S. Army Europe and Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7.

At 2:30 p.m., a forum titled “The Army is People” features an address by Gen. Paul Funk of Army Training and Doctrine Command, followed by a panel discussion moderated by retired Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, a former deputy chief of staff for personnel who is now a Lockheed Martin executive. The panel includes Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia of Army Recruiting Command, Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord and Army Assistant Secretary Casey Wardynski.

On Oct. 15, a 10 a.m. discussion focuses on installation readiness and sustainment. Alex Beehler, the Army assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, will make opening remarks, followed by an address by Gen. Gus Perna of Army Materiel Command.

A second 10 a.m. panel focuses on defending Europe, with U.S. Army Europe’s Cavoli as speaker, followed by a panel of general officers from Army Sustainment Command, Forces Command and Army Europe.

At 3 p.m., a forum about geospatial enterprise architecture and requirements features an address by Gary Blohm, the Army Geospatial Center director. A panel discussion on the topic includes two generals heading cross-functional teams, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, who leads the synthetic training environment team, and Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, who heads the network team.

Also beginning at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 is a discussion on future near-peer threats. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, Army Futures Command deputy commanding general, is the lead speaker. Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Michael Gordon will lead a panel discussion.

On Oct. 16, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville will provide opening remarks at a 10 a.m. forum on Army talent management. A panel discussion will follow.

Also starting at 10 a.m., a forum discusses force modernization, with Bruce Jette, the Army assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, and Gen. John Murray, Army Futures Command commander, scheduled to speak.

The final contemporary military forum of AUSA’s 2019 meeting will be about disaster response. Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, Army North commander, will be the lead speaker, followed by a panel discussion featuring the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and defense civil support authorities.