AUSA Bulletin

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Building Resilience Is Army?s Pacific Challenge

Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commander, U.S. Army Pacific

It may be a shortcoming of the English language to lack a word befitting the complexity of the global battlefield, or perhaps we?ve done a disservice to past battlefields by describing them as ?complex.? Suffice it to say, ?complex? (and all its synonyms) rings shallow when we talk about the ongoing and changing character of warfare. That its dictionary definition merely regurgitates synonyms should give the idea that we?re circling the matter at hand. And yet, at the risk of falling short of conveying its significance, today?s battlefield is one of barely imaginable complexity, challenging leaders to break from molds of the past and demand from themselves and their subordinates the innovative and adaptable ability to thrive in ambiguity and chaos.

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Mattis: U.S. Edge in Land Combat Is Eroding

Standing still in the face of emerging and evolving threats is not an option, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a Senate committee.

?We cannot expect success fighting tomorrow?s conflicts with yesterday?s thinking, yesterday?s weapons or yesterday?s equipment,? Mattis said in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee. And the military cannot be strong in just a few areas. It must be strong everywhere, in every domain, he said. ?The paradox of war is that an adversary will always move against any perceived weakness, so we cannot adopt a single preclusive form of warfare. We must be able to fight across the entire spectrum of combat.?

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Recruits Needed From Untapped Areas

Concerned that the Army is becoming a family business and ?isolated from the larger public,? Army Secretary Mark T. Esper said the effort to recruit new people must reach beyond areas near major Army installations to ?draw from across America, from all the diversity we have and what they can bring to the table.?

To address that, Esper suggested looking at ways to get first-term lieutenants and young NCOs back into communities they came from. They could reach potential recruits in untapped areas of the country by telling the Army story.

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Leaders to Increase Spouse Job Opportunities

Army leaders have vowed to do what is within their power to improve employment opportunities for military spouses.

Testifying May 15 before the Senate Appropriations Committee to review the Army?s budget request for fiscal 2019, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper said he was doing what he could to shorten hiring times for on-post civilian jobs, currently about 140 days on average, and trying to streamline the security vetting process that can delay hiring. The Army doesn?t have complete control over the hiring process for all on-post jobs, but Esper said he?d do what he could and would encourage a faster hiring and vetting process for the federal government.

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Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit

Tuesday ? Thursday, May 22-24, 2018
LANPAC Symposium & Exposition 2018
“Integrating Multilateral Approaches Across the Indo-Pacific”

Thursday, May 31, 2018
ILW Breakfast Series
Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, Director, Defense Logistics Agency

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Yom Kippur War
Brig. Gen. Avigdor Kahalani, Israel Defense Forces, retired,
and Brig. Gen. Gideon Avidor, Israel Defense Forces, retired

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