The Lexington Institute is organizing a Capitol Hill forum on Monday, February 27th to discuss U.S. Army rapid equipping needs. Topics that will be discussed at this forum include enhanced lethality, force protection, aviation upgrades, battlefield communications, and electronic warfare. (Lunch will be provided)
Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, U.S. Army
Major General David G. Bassett, Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems, U.S. Army
Brigadier James Carr-Smith, Military Attaché, British Embassy
General Carter F. Ham (Ret), Chief Executive Officer, Association of the U.S. Army
Colonel James (Jim) B. Hickey (Ret), Senior Military Advisor, Senate Committee on Armed Services
Brigadier General James (Jamey) Moran (Ret), Vice President, Army Systems, Boeing
Dr. Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Major General Walter Piatt, Director of Operations, Army Rapid Capabilities Office, U.S. Army
Mr. Lawrence B. Prior, III, Chief Executive Officer, CSRA Inc.
Major General Jim Rogers (Ret), Vice President, Army and Special Operations Forces, Lockheed Martin
Mr. Mark L. Signorelli, Vice President, BAE Systems, Inc.
Lieutenant General Thomas W. Spoehr (Ret), Director, Heritage Foundation
Dr. Loren Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Lexington Institute
The U.S. Army is being stretched thin responding to growing threats in Eastern Europe, Iraq, and elsewhere. The Russian military in particular has demonstrated significant improvements across a wide range of warfighting capabilities. A focused modernization program has now provided Moscow’s military, especially ground forces, with new capabilities aimed at countering well-documented U.S. and NATO advantages.
Senior U.S. military leaders are increasingly concerned about a near-term confrontation with Russia or a regional adversary. Deterring such a confrontation has become an urgent requirement. U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has said he is trying to make 30,000 U.S. soldiers in Europe look like 300,000.
During the eight years of the Obama presidency, the buying power of the Army’s modernization budget has fallen by three-fourths. The service has said it will not begin any major new modernization efforts until the next decade due to the lack of financial resources.
You may respond to Constance Douris regarding your ability to attend this event by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-522-5828.
Army Rapid Equipping Forum
Monday, February 27, 2017
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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