AUSA’s Global Force Symposium Returns in 1 Week

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AUSA’s Global Force Symposium Returns in 1 Week

The Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Global Force Symposium and Exposition kicks off March 28, and there is still time to register.

Scheduled for March 28–30 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this will be the first in-person Global Force Symposium since 2019.

This year’s theme is “Designing and Sustaining the Army of 2040,” with keynote speeches and panel discussions focused on the continued transformation of the Army as the force prepares for a complex future battlefield.

Futures Command Looks to Design Army of 2040

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Futures Command Looks to Design Army of 2040

As the Army continues to enhance its capabilities for the future fight, the transformation is “bigger and more ambitious” than just modernization, said Gen. James Rainey, commander of Army Futures Command.

“The purpose of AFC, why we exist, is to transform our Army to ensure … future readiness,” Rainey said Feb. 8 at a Coffee Series event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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Rainey Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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.

Futures Command Welcomes New 4-Star Leader

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Futures Command Welcomes New 4-Star Leader

Almost a year after bidding farewell to its first commander, Army Futures Command on Oct. 4 welcomed its next commander during a ceremony in Austin, Texas.

Gen. James Rainey, who most recently was the Army deputy chief of staff for operations, now leads the Army’s newest four-star command. He succeeds Gen. Mike Murray, who helped stand up the command and retired last December after more than three years at the helm.

Futures Command Report Says ‘Change is Hard’

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Futures Command Report Says ‘Change is Hard’

A recent report about Army Futures Command research programs gives military leaders praise for their focus on transformation.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus report in April that acknowledges “change is hard,” and credits the Army for a 2016 decision to move faster and in a more coordinated fashion to make critically needed capability improvements.

Futures Command Leaders Step Down

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Futures Command Leaders Step Down

Army Futures Command bid farewell Dec. 3 to Gen. Mike Murray and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, who served for more than three years as the first command team for the Army’s newest four-star command.  

During the relinquishment of command ceremony in Austin, Texas, Murray was honored as he prepares to retire after more than 40 years of Army service, while Crosby handed responsibility as senior enlisted leader for Futures Command to Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester.   

Project Convergence Exercises Help Shape Future Army

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Project Convergence Exercises Help Shape Future Army

Project Convergence 21 kicked off Oct. 12 as senior leaders outlined the importance of this “campaign of learning” to the Army’s efforts to shape the force for the future.

“It informs how the Army’s going to fight in the future and how we organize for the future, and it also informs our [science and technology] investments going forward,” said Lt. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command.

Command Focused on Next Generation and Beyond

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Command Focused on Next Generation and Beyond

Army Futures Command marks its third anniversary this month, but the work is just starting for the command’s 26,000 soldiers and civilians, tasked with enabling a massive transformation.

“This organization remains focused on preparing the next generation—and the generation after that—of soldiers and ensuring they have the same benefits my generation has had in terms of doctrine, in terms of concepts, in terms of materiel solutions, to keep ahead of our potential adversaries,” said Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Futures Command. 

Race for Speed is A New Army Priority

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Race for Speed is A New Army Priority

Commanders on the future battlefield will find themselves racing against adversaries that are faster and more capable than ever before, a senior Army leader said.

“The ability to sense first, to understand first, to decide first, which gives you the ability to act faster than a future opponent, is going to be a significant advantage for any commander on the future battlefield,” said Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Army Futures Command.