Register for AUSA’s Global Force Symposium

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Register for AUSA’s Global Force Symposium

Registration is now open for the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama.

The three-day event will take place March 26­–28 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, just outside Redstone Arsenal and home to the Army Materiel Command.

This year’s theme is “Continuous Transformation to Deliver Ready Combat Formations,” with keynote speeches and panel discussions focused on the Army’s efforts to become a leaner, more agile fighting force that’s sustainable in a contested environment.

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.”

Possible Loss of GPS Creates Challenges

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Possible Loss of GPS Creates Challenges

Positioning, navigation and timing will be a critical capability in future wars, but the Army won’t be able to spend a lot of money to widely distribute new gear, experts said at a Warriors Corner presentation during the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Global Force Symposium and Exposition earlier this year.

Agility, Speed Critical for Sustainment Soldiers

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Agility, Speed Critical for Sustainment Soldiers

Sustainment soldiers operating on the future battlefield, particularly in a theater as challenging as the Indo-Pacific, will need the ability to move quickly and adapt to ever-changing conditions, a senior logistics officer said.

Hamilton Touts ‘Ready, Capable, Powerful’ Army

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Hamilton Touts ‘Ready, Capable, Powerful’ Army

Just two weeks into command of Army Materiel Command, Gen. Charles Hamilton recognizes he has a big mission that could decide the outcome of future conflicts. 

Speaking March 30 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama, Hamilton said he follows a “string of superstars” at a critical time when the Army needs a way to provide precision logistics with the ability to predict when and where deliveries and resupplies must be made.

Speed Required in Acquisition Efforts

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Speed Required in Acquisition Efforts

Speed, agility and partnerships with industry are critical to the Army’s success as it transforms the force for the future, a panel of experts said during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Alabama.

“We have to be able to react at a speed that paces the threat, and that includes in acquisition,” said Douglas Bush, assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. Congress has helped, he said, by giving the Army various authorities to “go much more quickly when we need to.”

Soldier Training Must Keep Pace With Modernization

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Gen. Gary Brito, commander of TRADOC, speaks at Global Force
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Soldier Training Must Keep Pace With Modernization

Providing soldiers with the training, education and leader development they need to keep pace with the Army’s modernization strategy will be critical through 2030 and beyond, the commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command said.

As the Army marches toward a complex battlefield and the biggest overhaul of its main battle systems in 40 years, soldiers must be trained, ready and enabled to receive and use the modern equipment, Gen. Gary Brito said March 28 at the 2023 Global Force Symposium and Exposition hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army in Huntsville, Alabama.

Contested Logistics CFT Coming

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Contested Logistics CFT Coming

A new cross-functional team focused on contested logistics is being stood up in Huntsville, Alabama, the commander of Army Futures Command announced March 29 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition.

Army of 2040 Still Requires Humans

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Army of 2040 Still Requires Humans

While autonomous capabilities are expected to be ubiquitous in the Army of 2040, it is unlikely that entire formations will be replaced by autonomous systems, Army Futures Command leaders said.

“As we have been studying this and war-gaming this, we believe human-machine integration will be at the core of our formations as we move forward,” Lt. Gen. Scott McKean, director of Army Futures Command’s Futures and Concepts Center, said March 28 at the Global Force Symposium and Exposition hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army in Huntsville, Alabama.

Practice ‘Essential’ to Sustainment in Indo-Pacific

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Practice ‘Essential’ to Sustainment in Indo-Pacific

Faced with increasing competition in the vast Indo-Pacific, the Army must continually train and rehearse its sustainment and logistics capabilities, a senior leader in the region said.