Army Seeks Sustainment Precision, Automation

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Army Seeks Sustainment Precision, Automation

Faced with an increasingly contested operating environment, the Army is working to deliver precision sustainment and incorporate autonomous vehicles for resupply missions.

“Everybody agrees that we’ve got to get after logistics in this contested environment,” said Rob Watts, deputy director of Army Futures Command’s Contested Logistics Cross-Functional Team.

Speaking Feb. 7 during an Association of the U.S. Army Hot Topic on contested logistics, Watts said the Contested Logistics Cross-Functional Team’s first “priority effort” is predictive logistics.

Smith: No More ‘Safe Harbor’ for Army Logistics

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Maj. Gen. James Smith, director of operations for the deputy chief of staff of the Army for logistics, G-4
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Smith: No More ‘Safe Harbor’ for Army Logistics

There will be “no safe harbor” anywhere in the world for the Army logistics enterprise as the air, land, sea, space, cyber and information domains are contested by adversaries, a senior Army leader said.

In a contested environment, “we’ll no longer be able to operate unimpeded, and this includes the homeland,” Maj. Gen. James Smith, director of operations for the deputy chief of staff of the Army for logistics, G-4, said Feb. 7 at a Hot Topic forum on contested logistics hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

AUSA Paper Dives into Challenges of Contested Logistics

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AUSA Paper Dives into Challenges of Contested Logistics

Protection, deception and masking are key investments the Army must make as it works to ensure it can get to the fight—and stay in the fight—on a complex modern battlefield, according to the author of a new Association of the U.S. Army paper.

In “Contested Logistics: A Primer,” Lt. Col. Amos Fox writes that contested logistics are not a “new wrinkle of modern warfare.” Instead, it’s an issue that planners, strategists and industry have wrestled with “throughout the depth and breadth of armed conflict.”

AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Contested Logistics

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AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Contested Logistics

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.

Logistics Won’t Be Easy in Future Fights

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Logistics Won’t Be Easy in Future Fights

A new cross-functional team focused on contested logistics will get after a critical capability for the Army, senior leaders said.

“We can’t do what we do without logistics,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee during a March 30 hearing on the service’s fiscal 2024 budget request. “We’re seeing it play out in Ukraine.”

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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Gen. Charles Hamilton speaks at Global Force
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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.

Contested Logistics CFT Coming

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Gen. James Rainey speaks at AUSA's Global Force symposium
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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 Aviation Betting on Aggressive Timelines

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Doug Bush speaks to attendees at AUSA's Aviation Hot Topic
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Army Aviation Betting on Aggressive Timelines

Douglas Bush, the Army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, says his top priority is very simple: “The only thing that actually matters in the Army is equipping soldiers so they can fight and win.”

Speaking at an Army Aviation Hot Topic event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army, Bush said the Army has struggled in the past on designing, building and fielding new products. Times have changed, he said, with the Army on the edge of big changes.