The third and final report from a Defense Department commission focused on removing Confederate names from U.S. military assets tackles Army vessels, battle streamers, a 108-year-old monument at Arlington National Cemetery and the shoulder patch of the renowned 29th Infantry Division.
The Army must do a better job of connecting with America’s youth if it is going to overcome its recruiting challenges, the service’s top civilian leader said.
In addition to a good economy, a tight labor market and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army faces a propensity challenge, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said. Only about 9% of young Americans are inclined to serve or interested in serving, she said.
On an increasingly complex and dangerous future battlefield, the Army must be able to see, act and react quickly and more persistently to maintain its edge over its adversaries, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.
The Army is hitting its stride when it comes to reaching its modernization goals, Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo said.
“I think we've got a tremendous amount of momentum headed into our modernization portfolio,” Camarillo said Sept. 7 during a conference hosted by Defense News. “Many of our programs … are working their way through the process to achieve these critical milestones and getting to the next phase … where we can field capabilities that are relevant to our soldiers.”
It can be called human resource management, human resource development or talent management.
As the Army pursues its most ambitious modernization effort in decades, people remain at the center of everything, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said.
“The thing about warfighting is it’s not just about equipment,” McConville said July 28 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s inaugural Warfighter Summit and Exposition near Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “You can’t execute strategy, you can’t execute plans, unless you have great squads, platoons and companies, because they’re the ones who actually do it.”
From COVID-19 response to supporting allies and partners in Eastern Europe, the Army has shown it is ready, versatile and able to respond quickly whenever the nation calls, the service’s top general officer said.
“We can do a lot of things that the nation asks us to do, but that’s not really our reason for being,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said July 28. “The Army exists for one purpose, and that’s to protect the nation by being ready to fight our nation’s wars along with the joint force. We are a warfighting organization, and we should never forget that.”
The revolution will not be televised
The Army’s plan for the light division proposes the addition of an Infantry Squad Vehicle for every rifle squad in an infantry brigade.
A new report from the congressional watchdog agency warns of the potential for widespread delays in the Defense Department’s ambitious effort to modernize weapons systems.
The overall assessment by the Government Accountability Office after reviewing the 63 most expensive acquisition programs cautions that defensewide efforts to reduce the time it takes to field new capabilities are not always a good thing. In many cases, program decisions were being made before obtaining enough information.