Wormuth: Army Must Learn from War in Ukraine

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Wormuth: Army Must Learn from War in Ukraine

Lessons from the war in Ukraine could help the U.S. Army better prepare for the future battlefield, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

Speaking June 28 at the Royal United Services Institute’s 2022 Land Warfare Conference in London, Wormuth said the service is committed to learning with “humility and seriousness.”

Wormuth: Army Hasn’t Stopped Assault and Harassment

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Wormuth: Army Hasn’t Stopped Assault and Harassment

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth says her service has a “credibility gap” when it comes to addressing sexual assault and harassment and promised changes are on the way to help make it easier to report incidents.

Extra US Troops Staying in Europe for Now

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Extra US Troops Staying in Europe for Now

Every day, around the world, the Army is playing a key role in deterring America’s adversaries and building strong relationships with partner armies, the service’s top civilian leader said.

“The Army is campaigning out in the world every single day,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said, referring to one of the primary lines of effort in the National Defense Strategy.

Wormuth: Unity Needed to Support Ukraine

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Wormuth: Unity Needed to Support Ukraine

The U.S. and its NATO allies must remain united as they work to sustain support to Ukraine, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

“We can’t take that unity for granted, but I think our NATO allies know what’s at stake,” Wormuth said May 31 during an event hosted by the Atlantic Council.

However, the alliance must find a balance between aiding the Ukrainians and not escalating the war.

Wormuth: Army Remains Busy, Ready

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Wormuth: Army Remains Busy, Ready

The U.S. Army has “accomplished a lot” this year, but Army Secretary Christine Wormuth isn’t celebrating. 

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” she told the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee at a May 10 hearing about the fiscal 2023 budget.

The fiscal 2023 Army budget submitted to Congress asks for $177.5 billion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, with a pending request for an additional $5.1 billion for unfunded priorities if lawmakers provide more funds.

Camarillo Becomes New Army Undersecretary

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Camarillo Becomes New Army Undersecretary

Gabe Camarillo, an attorney who has served in various positions in DoD, was sworn in Feb. 8 as the new undersecretary of the Army.

Camarillo, who is the 35th Army undersecretary, was confirmed Feb. 2 by the Senate. As the undersecretary, he is the Army secretary’s senior civilian assistant and principal adviser on matters related to the management and operation of the Army. He is also the chief management officer of the Army. 

Wormuth Unveils New Army Objectives

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Wormuth Unveils New Army Objectives

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth has laid out an ambitious plan for addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the force. She said her plans look at making a brighter future for the Army. 

At the top of her list is putting the Army on a solid and sustainable path. This is a challenge not made any easier by the “lack of certainty” in available funding, Wormuth said Feb. 8 at virtual event hosted by the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan research group focused on defense and national security policy. 

Wormuth: Army ‘Stepping Up’ to Indo-Pacific Challenges

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Wormuth: Army ‘Stepping Up’ to Indo-Pacific Challenges

From its strong relationships with partners and allies to its ability to set the theater, the Army has a critical role as the U.S. works to deter and compete with China, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

“The reality is that competing militarily and strengthening deterrence in the Indo-Pacific is a joint undertaking, and certainly any potential military conflict with China would require the entire joint force,” she said. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has called China the military’s “pacing challenge,” and it’s a fitting description, Wormuth said.

Future for Army Women is Bright, Secretary Says

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Future for Army Women is Bright, Secretary Says

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, the first woman to serve as the Army’s top civilian leader, said she hopes to continue setting an example for women in the service. 

“I hope by setting an example of what's possible as a woman in the Army, [that] that will hopefully inspire and motivate younger women in the Army who are just beginning their careers,” Wormuth said during the Army Women’s Foundation Leadership Symposium at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition.