Lessons Captured on Russia-Ukraine Fight

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Lessons Captured on Russia-Ukraine Fight

The Army is trying to learn from Russian fighting in Ukraine, according to the Army chief of staff.

“This conflict is not over. It is very, very serious,” said Gen. James McConville in an interview with Government Matters. The fighting has now gone on for more than 100 days with no end in sight.

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.

Cavoli: New Era Coming in European Security

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Cavoli: New Era Coming in European Security

Years of practice and investment allowed the Army to quickly deploy to support NATO allies in Eastern Europe, the senior U.S. Army officer on the continent said.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Christopher Cavoli said the U.S.’ “multiyear” investment in the European Deterrence Initiative, designed to enhance deterrence and increase readiness, enabled the Army to place “large amounts of very modern equipment, brigade combat team sets, in storage in Europe” and practice drawing that gear on short notice. 

Russian Assault Gives US Army Transformation Confidence

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Russian Assault Gives US Army Transformation Confidence

Watching Russian military capabilities in use in Ukraine provides a level of confidence to the Army’s top general about the service’s ongoing transformation of capabilities. 

“We feel we are going in the right direction,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said.

Looking at Russian arms and tactics has “reinforced confidence in where we are going with our research, development and future weapons systems,” he said.

Guard Soldiers Resume Training Ukrainian Troops

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Guard Soldiers Resume Training Ukrainian Troops

Florida National Guard soldiers evacuated from Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion are now training Ukrainian troops on how to use American equipment.

The training is taking place in Germany, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said.

Ukraine Fight Holds Lessons for US Army

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Ukraine Fight Holds Lessons for US Army

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a renowned combat veteran who led Operation New Dawn in Iraq in 2011 and later commanded the U.S. Central Command, said there are lessons for the U.S. from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but not necessarily the lessons one might think.

Testifying April 5 before the House Armed Services Committee, nominally about the fiscal 2023 defense budget, Austin said a prime example of success is how the fire-and-forget Javelin missile and infrared-guided Stinger missile “have proven to be very, very effective.” 

AUSA Responds to Conflict in Ukraine

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AUSA Responds to Conflict in Ukraine

The Association of the U.S. Army supports America’s Army as it sends soldiers to bolster and assure our NATO allies and partners in Europe.

“At this defining moment in world history, the United States Army stands ready to defend our nation’s security and support our European allies and partners, just as it has for generations,” said retired Gen. Bob Brown, AUSA president and CEO.

Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

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Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

While Russia has the combat power it needs to take out Ukraine’s defenses, a potential attack by Russia is not likely going to “be like Pearl Harbor,” a former senior allied commander in Europe said.

Addressing the current standoff at the border of Russia and Ukraine, where more than 100,000 Russian troops are amassed, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who was supreme allied commander Europe from 1997–2000, said Russia can effectively launch precision strikes.

Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

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Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Jan. 28 called for diplomacy and peace as Russia continues to mass “tens of thousands” of troops on its border with Ukraine.

“There is no reason this situation has to devolve into conflict,” Austin said in a briefing with reporters. He added that conflict is not inevitable. “There’s still time and space for diplomacy,” he said.

Milley echoed Austin’s remarks. “Ukraine has the right to be independent. We strongly encourage Russia to stand down,” he said.