Wormuth: Budget Delays Have ‘Significant Consequences’

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Wormuth: Budget Delays Have ‘Significant Consequences’

Any further budget delays, including the possibility of a full-year stopgap funding measure, will have “significant consequences” for the Army and its efforts to recruit, modernize and support missions around the world, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth warns.

Wormuth: Budget Delays Impact Soldiers, Modernization

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Secretary of the Army Wormuth speaks with soldiers
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Wormuth: Budget Delays Impact Soldiers, Modernization

After more than a decade of operating under temporary spending bills, the Army has gotten “used to” the uncertainty, but spending is inefficient and programs are delayed and disrupted, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

“At one level, we’re a little bit used to this, but I think it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that every time we go into a continuing resolution, we’re essentially spending the money we have much less efficiently,” Wormuth said Nov. 14 during a defense summit hosted by Politico.

AUSA 2023 ‘Huge Success’ for Army, Association

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Attendees arrive at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting.
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AUSA 2023 ‘Huge Success’ for Army, Association

The Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition was “a huge success for the association and the U.S. Army,” declared retired Gen. Bob Brown, the educational nonprofit’s president and CEO.

Soldiers Brief Senior Army Leaders at AUSA Solarium

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Solarium Briefing with Senior Leaders AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Tristan Lorei for AUSA)
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Soldiers Brief Senior Army Leaders at AUSA Solarium

A Leader Solarium organized by the Association of the U.S. Army concluded Oct. 11 with the opportunity for about 160 mid-grade NCOs and officers to pitch ideas to senior Army leaders about solving some of the service’s big challenges.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer listened to ideas on fixing a troubled soldier pay system, expanding cold-weather training and straightening out a complicated batch of unit rosters that don’t always agree on how many soldiers are in a unit.

Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

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Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Randy A. George and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Family Forum IV: Senior Leaders Briefing at AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Army Leaders Discuss Family Concerns, Challenges

In a town hall for family members featuring the Army’s top leaders, one soldier stood and stated his problem bluntly. His wife, he said, “would rather deal with Comcast than try to find information from the Army.”

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth visibly reeled from the rebuke, but then turned to the service’s new chief of staff, Gen. Randy George. 

Big Changes Coming to Army Inventories

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AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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Big Changes Coming to Army Inventories

The Army is pulling excess equipment out of some of its formations to “reduce the complexity” of maintaining and accounting for gear that’s no longer needed, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George said.

In the first round of inventory reviews, he said, excess equipment belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, will be removed and taken to a warehouse.

Army Faces ‘Crucial Moment’ in History

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Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth speaks at the opening ceremony for the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Army Faces ‘Crucial Moment’ in History

The U.S. Army is at a critical moment in history, and it must use this moment to ask hard questions and make big decisions, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Oct. 9 in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Army Secretary Wormuth Kicks Off AUSA 2023

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Army Secretary Wormuth Kicks Off AUSA 2023

The first day of the largest annual land warfare exposition in North America features a keynote address by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, the unveiling of the winners of the Army’s Best Squad Competition, and much more.

The Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition is being held for the 20th time at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The three-day in-person event will take place Oct. 9–11 and feature more than 750 exhibits in five halls on both levels of the convention center.

Leaders Describe Army’s Path Ahead in Green Book

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Leaders Describe Army’s Path Ahead in Green Book

The Army is “on the right path” as it transforms for the future, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said, but that path will be “steep and rocky” for the next couple of years.

“I think we are facing the most dangerous security environment I’ve seen in my professional career,” she said in an interview in the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023–2024 Green Book.