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Carter Ham On AUSA 2019 & What’s At Stake For The Army

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“The last few years have been quite good for the association’s annual meeting and for the Army,” the AUSA president told us, but “I’m very, very worried” about the 2020 budget.

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AUSA’s Carter Ham To Macgregor: Futures Command Will Work

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Army Futures Command will not become a comfortable resting place for platoons of old generals. Rather, I think the secretary and the chief expect Futures Command to be the engine of innovation for the Army.

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‘Almost Breathtaking’ Changes As Army Races To Build Final 2019 Budget

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ARLINGTON: The Pentagon is reaching a fevered pitch of preparation for the 2019 budget, with key decisions coming in “weeks,” said the acting secretary of the Army. “There’s so much going in the department, it’s almost breathtaking,” Ryan McCarthy told reporters after an Association of the US Army breakfast. But the Army’s under extra pressure… Keep reading →

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AUSA Annual Conference Grows For 1st Time In 6 Years

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WASHINGTON: DC’s biggest defense conference just stopped getting smaller. The Association of the US Army’s annual meeting is a cultural touchstone for the largest service and a leading indicator for the health of the defense industry. Like the Pentagon budget, AUSA attendance peaked during the troop surge in 2010, then shrank rapidly with the drawdowns,… Keep reading →

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AUSA Head Carter Ham On Army’s Future, AUSA 2016

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WASHINGTON: As the Army grapples with new concepts such as Multi-Domain Battle, Congress continues to avoid its constitutional responsibilities to pass spending bills, and the world grows ever more complex, the leaders of the Army gather here for the annual tribal event known as the Association of the US Army’s annual conference. Retired Gen. Carter… Keep reading →

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Army Must Tell Story Better To Get $: Secretary Fanning

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ARLINGTON: The Army must tell its story better to get the money it needs, the new Army Secretary said this morning, making messaging one of his main missions. “What I would have to do first of all is… tell the Army story,” Eric Fanning said, “and the reason to do that is to make sure that the Army… Keep reading →

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Army Commission’s Landmark Report Will Shape Budget Battle

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UPDATED: Pentagon official rejects Commission’s Apache plan as “too expensive” WASHINGTON: After nine months of often frantic effort, the National Commission on the Future of the Army delivered its final report yesterday afternoon. Now comes the hard part. It’s 2016, not 2015, that will be the year of the commission, because their 208-page report will… Keep reading →

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Army Commission: Pay More To Keep Apaches in Guard

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UPDATED: Retired Gen. Ham Adds Apache Cost Info At Friday breakfast WASHINGTON: The congressionally chartered National Commission on the Future of the Army recommends splitting the difference between the regular Army and the National Guard in a bitterly polarizing dispute over AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. That’s the most politically high-profile recommendation out of dozens, many of them… Keep reading →

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Ham, Lamont To Head Guard Commission: Tight Deadline, Big Decisions

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WASHINGTON: After 15 months of bitter public debate between regular Army leadership and National Guard advocates, the commission Congress created to settle the matter met for the first time Friday and chose its chair and vice-chair, announced today. Heading the commission will be Gen. Carter Ham, a retired regular officer, while his No. 2 will… Keep reading →

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U.S. Should Help Secure Libyan WMD, House Intel Chief Says

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Washington: The United States must help secure caches of Libyan military hardware, including chemical and biological weapons, so they do not fall into terrorist hands, the head of the House intelligence committee said today. “There are things that should still be done” by American forces in Libya, despite the fact that the U.S. handed over… Keep reading →

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