Rainey: Army Must ‘Adapt Faster’ for Future Fight

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GEN James E. Rainey, Commanding General, Army Futures Command, gives a special keynote presentation discussing the ‘Army of 2040’ to an eager crowd at AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition 2023
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Rainey: Army Must ‘Adapt Faster’ for Future Fight

With the future of conflict uncertain and technology evolving at a rapid pace, the Army must make adaptability a top priority, said Gen. James Rainey, commander of Army Futures Command.

Rainey: Army Must ‘Work Now’ to Transform, Prepare

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A U.S. Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle fires a tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile during the Combined Arms Training Center
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Rainey: Army Must ‘Work Now’ to Transform, Prepare

As the character of war rapidly evolves, the Army must maintain its dominance in close quarters combat and its ability to harness new and emerging technology, the commanding general of Army Futures Command said.

“It would be an understatement to say that we’re not in … the most disruptive period … ever,” Gen. James Rainey said. “We’ve got to figure … out [how to adapt to the needs of the future fight] every month, every six months. We’re in this perpetual state of disruption in the character of war that is really phenomenal.”

Rainey Speaks at Strategic Landpower Dialogue

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Rainey Speaks at Strategic Landpower Dialogue

Gen. James Rainey, commander of U.S. Army Futures Command, speaks June 3 as part of the Strategic Landpower Dialogue co-hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Rainey: Army Needs Industry’s Help to Transform

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Gen. James Rainey, commanding general of Futures Command, speaks at AUSA Global Force 2024
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Rainey: Army Needs Industry’s Help to Transform

From off-the-shelf technology that can help soldiers today to next-generation autonomous vehicles and command-and-control capabilities, Army Futures Command is looking to its industry teammates for help.

“Indisputably, the amount of technology disruption in the character of war is unprecedented, and it just keeps getting faster and faster,” said Gen. James Rainey, commanding general of Futures Command.

Army Stands Up New Cross-Functional Team

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Army Stands Up New Cross-Functional Team

The Army is creating a new team focused on helping the force better see, sense and target deep into the battlefield.

The All-Domain Sensing Cross-Functional Team will be stood up out of the Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command announced March 26 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama.

Rainey: ‘Good Year’ Keeps Army Modernization On Track

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Gen. James Rainey speaks at AUSA HQ
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Rainey: ‘Good Year’ Keeps Army Modernization On Track

The Army is keeping pace as it works to meet its modernization goals for the Army of 2030 and beyond, the commanding general of Army Futures Command said.

“We’re continuing on track with our deliberate modernization,” Gen. James Rainey said Dec. 13 during a breakfast hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army as part of its Coffee Series. “It’s been a good year … at Army Futures Command. … We [accomplished] everything we wanted to get done last year.”

Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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Gen. James Rainey speaks at AUSA Global
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Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Gen. James Rainey, commanding general of Army Futures Command, will speak Dec. 13 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.

Army Ready to Help Israel with Lessons from Ukraine

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Douglas Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army, speaks during the Contemporary Military Forum during the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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Army Ready to Help Israel with Lessons from Ukraine

As a new unprovoked invasion ignites war in the Middle East, the U.S. Army is watching—and it’s better prepared to assist now than it was two years ago.

That’s the message from Douglas Bush, assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. Speaking Oct. 9 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Bush hailed the transformation that has taken place within Army acquisition in the past year, motivated by the urgent need to support Ukraine in its defensive war against Russia. 

Rainey: Leaders, Soldiers Still Key to Future Fight

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Rainey: Leaders, Soldiers Still Key to Future Fight

Technology will be a necessary part of future battle, but the Army’s strength lies in its leaders and soldiers’ ability to shoot, move and communicate, said Gen. James Rainey, commander of Army Futures Command.

Speaking at the recent 2023 Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Moore, Georgia, formerly known as Fort Benning, Rainey and the command’s senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester, emphasized the need for soldiers to be good at the basics of fighting and killing the enemy.

Rainey: Service Needs Help Designing Army of 2040

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Rainey: Service Needs Help Designing Army of 2040

The Army needs help from industry, academia and others as it envisions and designs the Army of 2040, the commander of Army Futures Command said.

From transforming its formations to improving human-machine integration, “we need some help,” Gen. James Rainey said during a keynote speech at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition earlier this year.

“War will remain a contest of wills between humans,” Rainey said. “What’s not going to change about the future? I would offer that. That is indisputable.”