AUSA Bulletin

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Milley: Army ?Significantly More Ready? Today

Army readiness has dramatically improved in the two-plus years Gen. Mark A. Milley has been chief of staff.

Testifying March 15 before the House Appropriations Committee, Milley said just two brigade combat teams were fully combat-ready when he became the Army?s top uniformed officer in August 2015. While he didn?t want to say in public how much better the Army is doing, Milley said the Army is ?significantly more ready? but ?is not where we want to be.?

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DoD Encourages Industry Engagement

While reminding everyone that there are legal and ethical limitations in dealing with companies seeking to do business with the government, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan also says in a March 2 memorandum there is much to gain by talking to industry.

The Defense Department ?relies upon thousands of contractors spanning a wide array of industry segments and supporting a multitude of mission requirements,? he writes. ?Industry is often the best source of information concerning market conditions and technological capabilities. This information is crucial to determining whether and how industry can support the department?s mission and goals.?

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Innovation Presentations Set at AUSA Global Force

The value of technology in achieving key Army warfighter capabilities will be the focus of presentations during the Association of the U.S. Army?s Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Ala.

On Monday, March 26, at Innovators Corner on the exhibit floor of the Von Braun Center, there will be presentations about long-range precision fires, next-generation combat vehicles and future vertical lift. On Tuesday, March 27, Innovators Corner presentations will be about the Army network, air and missile defense, and soldier lethality. No presentations are scheduled on the third and final day of the AUSA event.

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Poll: Should Soldiers Be Allowed to Carry Privately Owned Firearms on Post?

In our poll so far, 58 percent of respondents think soldiers should be allowed to carry privately owned firearms on post.

Register your vote here.

Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Hot Topic: Army Installation Management
“Installations of the Future”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Close Combat Lethality Task Force Discussion
Mr. Robert Wilkie, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, U.S. Army retired, Former Commandant, U.S. Army War College

Thursday, March 22, 2018
ILW Breakfast Series
Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director, Army National Guard

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