AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Contested Logistics

AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Contested Logistics

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The Association of the U.S. Army is hosting a daylong Hot Topic event focused on contested logistics.

Scheduled for Feb. 7 at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the Hot Topic is scheduled to feature speakers such as Lt. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, deputy Army chief of staff for logistics, G-4; Maj. Gen. Michelle Donahue, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command; and Robert Watts, deputy director of the Army Futures Command’s Contested Logistics Cross-Functional Team.

The theme for the Hot Topic is “Contested Logistics in Large-Scale Combat Operations.” This one-day educational and professional development event will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions.

The in-person event is sold out, but a livestream will be available.

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During the Hot Topic, attendees will learn about the Army’s work to prepare for large-scale combat operations and the challenges of supplying and sustaining a mobile, dispersed and lethal force.

Hoyle, who became the Army G-4 in December, is the keynote speaker in the morning, while Donahue and Watts will participate in a panel titled, “Army in Transition: Sustaining Army 2030 and Transforming to Army 2040.”

There also will be panel discussions on topics such as enhancing Army readiness to prevail in contested logistics, Army logistics and network dependency, and homeland defense and force projection.

Army leaders have emphasized the importance of honing the service’s ability to sustain large-scale combat operations in a contested environment, particularly after watching the Russian military struggle in the Ukraine during the opening phases of the war there.

Last March, the Army announced the creation of a new cross-functional team focused on contested logistics. Stationed in Huntsville, Alabama, so the team can work closely with Army Materiel Command, it is the Army’s ninth such team focused on the service’s modernization priorities.

The Army’s ability to sustain the force under pressure will be critical on the future battlefield, leaders said. “The United States Army is the dominant land force in the world today … and we want to be that in 2030, we want to be that in 2040, and we want to be that every day between now and then,” Gen. James Rainey, commander of Army Futures Command, said at the time.