AUSA Bulletin

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Milley: Army Has ?Made Tremendous Progress?

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley delivered an upbeat message Jan. 16 on the state of the force. ?We have made tremendous progress in the last several years,? he said. ?We have recovered from depleted levels of readiness brought about by sustained periods of conflict in the current wars and also by reduced levels of defense spending over a period of many, many years.?

?America?s Army stands ready,? he said at a breakfast hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army?s Institute of Land Warfare. ?We are ready to deploy and fight and win our nation?s wars if our nation calls upon us.?

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Logistics Requires Reduced Demand, More Research

A Defense Science Board task force on ?survivable logistics? suggests the U.S. military has a way to go to be prepared for future conflict.

?Logistics demand must be reduced, and research, development, technology and engineering funding must be increased,? the report says. ?To enable resiliency and complicate an adversary?s targeting, it is imperative that logistics concepts of operations be revised to align with anticipated future joint operating concepts.?

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Martin Luther King Jr. Left His Mark on the Army

Martin Luther King Jr. left an indelible mark on the U.S. military by putting his life on the line to ensure ?the real promise of democracy for all Americans,? retired Sgt. Maj. Todd B. Hunter said during an event to honor the civil rights leader at the Association of the U.S. Army?s headquarters in Arlington, Va.

?You can see Dr. King?s fingerprint on today?s Army formations,? said Hunter, who retired from the Army in 2005 after 22 years of service. As an African-American from North Carolina, he said he saw more discrimination at home than he ever saw in the Army. ?I did see it [in the Army], but leaders took swift action? through the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he said.

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McChrystal: Buck Tradition to Bring in Talent

In today?s tough recruiting environment, the Army should be ?taking people in lateral entry at every rank? in its bid to attract the right talent, said retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who acknowledged his view is at odds with military tradition.

?We have a guild system in the military,? McChrystal said, pointing to the progression of promotions that systematically moves people through the ranks starting at the bottom, with few exceptions. ?What we should be doing is taking people in laterally and that?s very frightening to people that are in the guild.? With lateral entry, people with a skill set the Army needs right away could come in at a rank that corresponds to their skills without going through the rank progression.

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Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit

Sunday, February 17 – Thursday, February 21, 2019
IDEX-USA Security and Defense Pavilion
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

Thursday, March 14, 2019
ILW Rogers Strategic Issues Forum
Gen. Gus F. Perna, Commanding General, AMC

Thursday, March 21, 2019
ILW Lemnitzer Lecture & Book Signing
Col. Joseph D. Celeski, USA retired

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