AUSA Bulletin


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Trump Signs 2018 Defense Policy Bill

A $692.1 billion defense policy plan has been signed into law by President Donald Trump, holding the promise of billions more for Army weapons, more soldiers and the biggest military raise in eight years.

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is filled with lots of good news for the Army if one very important issue?paying for the programs?is worked out by Congress. Since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1, the federal government has been operating under a series of temporary funding measures that limit spending and prevent new or substantially altered military programs.

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Army Civilians Honored With Presidential Rank Awards

More than two dozen Department of the Army senior executives were rewarded for extraordinary public service and excellence in leadership, and recognized at this year?s 2016/2017 Presidential Rank Awards Summit in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Senior Executives Association, the Presidential Rank Awards are presented in two categories?distinguished and meritorious?and are the nation?s highest civilian career leadership awards. A small number of Senior Executive Service members, and a proportionate number of senior-level and scientific and professional executives, are recognized by the president for ?outstanding achievements in public service,? according to an SEA news release. Their ?documented achievements save the public billions of dollars each year.?

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Weapons, Supply Chain Have Cyber Vulnerabilities

Army weapons, industrial manufacturing controls and supply chains are vulnerable to the offensive cyber capabilities of U.S. adversaries, warns a new research paper that calls for stringent controls to reduce opportunity for enemy infiltration.

Published by the Association of the U.S. Army?s Institute of Land Warfare, the paper says cyber intrusion could interfere with building and repairing weapons or equipment, disrupt the manufacturing and supply process, and lead to the fielding of weapons and equipment that don?t properly function.

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Strategy of Annihilation Not Yet Apparent

By. Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, U.S. Army retired
Senior Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare

Coming out of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said, according to Foreign Policy?s Situation Report of July 20, there?s ?a lot more clarity, a lot more focus on annihilation [of the Islamic State group].? Perhaps Corker is right, but public evidence suggests otherwise.

There is evidence that the current administration is applying more military pressure, focused and intense, on the group in Iraq and Syria. Maybe that?s coming in Afghanistan as well; we?ll see. So it?s fair to say military pressure is being applied in sophisticated, combined arms ways using indigenous forces and U.S. forces?sometimes as separate units, sometimes in coordination with each other and sometimes with U.S. forces embedded within indigenous forces. The battle for Tabqa in Syria is an example of this more intense and sophisticated approach; so was the battle for Mosul, Iraq. As far as any strategy of annihilation is concerned, however, the jury is still out.

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Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit www.ausa.org/meet
 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
ILW Breakfast
Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
ILW Lemnitzer Lecture
David E. Johnson, Ph.D., author of Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Rogers Strategic Issues Forum
Daniel A. Dailey, Sgt. Major of the Army, U.S. Army

 

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