Wormuth Sees ‘Limited’ Army Transformation Window

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Wormuth Sees ‘Limited’ Army Transformation Window

Army secretary nominee Christine Wormuth promised to be a “hands-on” leader who, if confirmed by the Senate, would focus on taking care of people while making sure the Army has what it needs to fulfill its mission.

Wormuth, who testified May 13 before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a former undersecretary of defense for policy who is currently director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand Corp. 

If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve as the Army’s top civilian leader.

Wormuth to be Nominated for Army Secretary

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Wormuth to be Nominated for Army Secretary

Christine Wormuth, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, is President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as Army secretary, the White House announced April 12.

If confirmed by the Senate, Wormuth would be the first woman to serve as the Army’s top civilian leader. 

McCarthy Bids Farewell to the Army

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McCarthy Bids Farewell to the Army

As he bids farewell to the force, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy says he is “going to miss the people.”

A former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, McCarthy was sworn in as the 24th Army secretary on Sept. 30, 2019, after serving as the Army undersecretary for about two years. He is resigning as the Trump administration reaches its end. 

‘American Treasure’ Army Museum is Now Open

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‘American Treasure’ Army Museum is Now Open

After years of hard work and a pandemic-induced delay, the National Museum of the United States Army is now open to the public.

Senior Army leaders, including Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, helped celebrate the museum’s opening during a Nov. 11 ceremony. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley also were on hand to mark the occasion.

McCarthy: No Turning Back on Transformation

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McCarthy: No Turning Back on Transformation

The time for Army transformation has arrived, with no turning back, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Oct. 13 during the opening ceremony of AUSA Now, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

McCarthy, the 24th Army secretary, said the Army has a new focus on readiness that places more emphasis on squads and small units and less on large-scale exercises, a continued push toward modernization and taking “rapid, positive and meaningful steps” on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Army Keeps Up Momentum for Transformation

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Army Keeps Up Momentum for Transformation

The Army isn’t losing any momentum in its transformation journey, despite a challenging and tumultuous year, the service’s top leader said.  

“We have a lot of momentum in the midst of tremendous turbulence that we face, and that's attributed largely because of the experience of our leaders,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Oct. 7 during a virtual discussion with the Hudson Institute.

McCarthy said the Army is on track to transform the force by focusing on five “key variables”—people, command and control, weapons systems, information and terrain.

Eliminating Bias is Goal for Army Leaders

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Eliminating Bias is Goal for Army Leaders

The demonstrations and emotional calls for social justice across the country this summer led to tough conversations between Army leaders and their soldiers—and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy plans to continue those talks as the service works to eliminate bias in the ranks.

The death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers reverberated across the country, McCarthy said.

McCarthy Promises Action as Army Faces Challenges

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McCarthy Promises Action as Army Faces Challenges

The Army’s top civilian leader is pledging to seek “enduring change” during a challenging year that has seen the service grapple with a global pandemic, the death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen and calls for increased diversity and inclusion in the ranks.

“The Army is committed to taking a hard look at ourselves, and in doing so, there has been a reckoning,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Aug. 6. “We have to address the challenges and failures our soldiers endure.”

Modernization Push Undeterred by COVID-19

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Modernization Push Undeterred by COVID-19

All six of the Army’s modernization priorities have achieved “remarkable progress” despite the COVID-19 pandemic, providing reassurance that momentum toward expanded capabilities is continuing to build, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said.

“We have lost very little schedule and continue to march ahead on that modernization continuum,” McCarthy said July 16 during an episode of “NatSec 2020: Coronavirus & Beyond,” a special series co-hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army that examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping military.