Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Gen. James Rainey
Photo by: U.S. Army/Anthony-Matthew Sualog

Gen. James Rainey, commander of the Army Futures Command, will speak Feb. 8 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Coffee Series.

The in-person event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and networking. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media. All attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are optional.

For more information or to register, click here. Online registration is open through 5 p.m. Eastern Feb. 6. If there are still seats available, same-day registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 8. 

Rainey has led Futures Command since October, taking over as its second four-star commander after serving as the deputy Army chief of staff for operations. He leads Futures Command at a critical time in the Army’s transformation effort.

Since the command was stood up in 2018, it has delivered 14 signature systems from the Army’s six modernization priorities, and it is looking to deliver 24 more systems in fiscal 2023.

The Army faces a “pretty significant task” as it transforms for the future battlefield, Rainey said last fall at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

“We’ve been directed to transform the Army on a sustainable, strategic path to a [multidomain-capable] Army while maintaining combat-credible, ready forces every single day in between,” Rainey said. “That’s a pretty significant task if you think about the complexity. We don’t get a five-year break. We’ve got to be ready to fight. We’re ready to fight now, and we’ve got to stay that way.”

Part of the challenge is resources, Rainey said. “We don’t have unlimited resources, so we’ve got to make smart decisions using the resources our taxpayers give us wisely,” he said. “That creates a challenge.”

For more information or to register, click here.