Military Must Prepare For ‘A Lot of Challenges’

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Military Must Prepare For ‘A Lot of Challenges’

In the face of growing threats around the world, the U.S. military must remain ready for a range of challenges, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said.

“We’re going to have to deal with a rising China, we have to deal with Russia, we will have North Korea, we have Iran, we have terrorists, we have climate change, we have COVID, we have wildfires, we have a lot of challenges,” Milley said. “As a great power, we have to be able to do all of those simultaneously.”

Milley: D-Day Lessons Still Apply 75 Years Later

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Milley: D-Day Lessons Still Apply 75 Years Later

The lessons of D-Day and World War II ring true 75 years later as the Army marks its 244th birthday and prepares for a deadlier, more complex future battlefield, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said.

Speaking during an Army birthday celebration at the Pentagon—the service’s birthday is June 14—Milley talked about the deadly price paid by the Army during the Normandy campaign.

Nineteen U.S. Army divisions participated in the campaign, six of them on D-Day, Milley said. During that six- to seven-week campaign, 37,000 American soldiers were killed in action.

Milley: ‘Ambitious' Recruiting Goal Created Shortfall

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Milley: ‘Ambitious' Recruiting Goal Created Shortfall

The Army fell short of its fiscal 2018 recruiting goal because it was “unachievable” from the outset, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley told the House Armed Services Committee, explaining that while unit manning has improved, it will require a sustained effort.

Having missed last year’s recruiting goal by 6,500, the Army has implemented a plan that grows the service’s end strength by 2,000 soldiers a year over the next five years. The Regular Army would grow to 480,000 soldiers, while the Army National Guard would increase to 336,000 and the Army Reserve to 189,500.

Milley Submits $2.3 Billion Unfunded Priority List

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Milley Submits $2.3 Billion Unfunded Priority List

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley has submitted to Congress a list of $2.3 billion in unfunded priorities, with $1 billion for readiness, $564 million for infrastructure, $404 million for increased lethality and $243 million for modernization.

The single largest expense on the list is $379 million for pre-positioned stock in Europe.

Milley: Conditions Are Set, Still Much to Do

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Milley: Conditions Are Set, Still Much to Do

The conditions have been set for the Army’s future, but the service will “have to continue to press on” with its initiatives if success is to be achieved, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said at a breakfast hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

Milley: Army Has ‘Made Tremendous Progress’

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Milley: Army Has ‘Made Tremendous Progress’

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley delivered an upbeat message Jan. 16 on the state of the force. “We have made tremendous progress in the last several years,” he said. “We have recovered from depleted levels of readiness brought about by sustained periods of conflict in the current wars and also by reduced levels of defense spending over a period of many, many years.”

AUSA Plans Three Major January Events

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AUSA Plans Three Major January Events

A breakfast with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and evening lectures with the current U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander and a retired four-star who led the Joint Special Operations Command are on tap in January at events hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

Online registration is open for all three events.

Trump Picks Milley to Be JCS Chairman

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Trump Picks Milley to Be JCS Chairman

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley has been selected by President Donald Trump to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Trump announced his intention to nominate the 60-year-old four-star general to be his top military adviser as a successor to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term as JCS chairman expires in 2019.

No announcement was made about Milley’s successor. 

The new job for Milley requires Senate confirmation. No hearing date has been announced, and Trump did not indicate when he’d like to make the change.

Milley: Army Must Ensure Soldiers Have What They Need for Complex Battle

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Milley: Army Must Ensure Soldiers Have What They Need for Complex Battle

The Army is more capable today than it has been in decades, and it will need to remain at the highest level of readiness as the “faint clouds of a coming storm” creep over the horizon, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said in his keynote remarks at the Eisenhower luncheon at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Outcome of Future Battles Rests with New Army Command

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Outcome of Future Battles Rests with New Army Command

The U.S. Army Futures Command is the service’s “scout into the future,” and what it does “will determine victory or defeat on future battlefields,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said Aug. 24 as the new organization was activated in Austin, Texas.