AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast
Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

Special Edition: Team Ignite - Bringing Together Futures Expertise in Different Domains

November 30, 2020

Team Ignite is creatively linking science and concepts to change the Army’s approach to modernization.  Dr. Jean Vettel and COL Stephanie Ahern of Army Futures Command describe how Team Ignite is “cultivating a culture of connection” between soldiers, scientists, and other technology experts to modernize the force.  Using 2035 as a focal point, Team Ignite is integrating expertise from technical, conceptual, threat and operational domains to imagine “what could be” and catalyzing action to develop the future Army.

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  • Guests:  

    • COL Stephanie Ahern, Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC)
    • Dr. Jean Vettel, Chief Scientist, Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
  • Host: COL(Ret) Dan Roper, AUSA’s Director of National Security Studies

 

Resources:

AFC Futures and Concepts Center
Web: https://fcc.army.mil/
Facebook/Twitter: @AdaptingTheArmy

Army Futures Command
Web: https://www.army.mil/futures
Facebook/Twitter: @ArmyFutures
LinkedIn: @Army Futures Command

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

Thought Leaders: Humanitarian Efforts and Future Warfare

November 23, 2020

What issues face humanitarian efforts in future warfare? U.S. Army strategist LTC Jim Cahill joins us today to discuss how humanitarian and military efforts interact and what we need to know to understand the big picture. His recommendations for ways that the defense community should consider their relationship with the organizations that provide humanitarian aid were recently published as an AUSA Landpower Essay.

  • Guest: LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army strategist and Ph.D. candidate, George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Guest Host: Ellen Toner, Editorial Manager, AUSA’s Education and Programs Directorate

 

Resources:

Humanitarian Assistance and Future War (AUSA Landpower Essay 20-3, March 2020)

By LTC Jim Cahill, U.S. Army

Web: https://www.ausa.org/publications/humanitarian-assistance-and-future-war

 

AUSA Education & Programs Directorate

Web: https://www.ausa.org/education

 

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Special Edition: Enlisted Talent Management

Special Edition: Enlisted Talent Management

November 18, 2020

The U.S. Army is taking a 21st century approach to enlisted talent management. Today’s guests from the Army’s Talent Management Task Force describe how the new system maximizes the potential of everyone in the force, not just the top 5%. They discuss the near-term First Sergeant Talent Alignment Assessment, differences between Officer and NCO assessments, the importance of blind panels and anonymized data and more.

 

  • Guests:
    • Major Jed Hudson, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Lead
    • Sergeant Major Robert Haynie, Enlisted Talent Management Initiative Leads
  • Host:
    • Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

 

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

 

U.S. Army Talent Management

Web: https://talent.army.mil/

Facebook/Twitter: @USArmy

LinkedIn: @US Army

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

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Family Voices: Military Spouse Employment w/ Rosemary Williams

Family Voices: Military Spouse Employment w/ Rosemary Williams

November 16, 2020

How does military spouse unemployment become a problem for military readiness? Rosemary Williams, specialist executive, at Deloitte Consulting LLP’S Government & Public Services, joins us today as we discuss the nexus between military spouse employment and military readiness. Learn about the obtainable solutions the Department of Defense and local labor markets can implement to increase military spouse employment opportunities and keep the military strong.

 

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  • Guest:
    • Rosemary Williams, Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government & Public Services
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness


Resources:

 

Deloitte

Web: https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/industries/government-public-services.html

Twitter: @Deloitte

Facebook: @DeloitteUS

LinkedIn: @Deloitte

 

Military Spouse Unemployment Report:

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/military-spouse-unemployment.html                                                                                                                

 

Military Spouse Employment Partnership:

https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/

 

MySECO Website:

https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/

Army Real Talk: Cyber and the Maryland Army National Guard

Army Real Talk: Cyber and the Maryland Army National Guard

November 9, 2020

How are Guardsmen fulfilling mission requirements for cyber operations? COL Henry of the Maryland Army National Guard joins us today to speak about her experience as a Commander with Task Force 291 and the 110th Information Operations Battalion. She touches on how the National Guard interacts with the Regular Army and also how her civilian job with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory supports her Army work.

 

  • Guest:

    • COL Kristine Henry, Commander, Task Force 291, Maryland Army National Guard

  • Hosts:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs
    • LTC Brittany Lloyd, AUSA Army Fellow

 

Resources:

 

Maryland National Guard
Web: https://military.maryland.gov/
Facebook: @MDGuard
Twitter: @MDNG

 

Army National Guard
Web: https://www.nationalguard.com/
Facebook/Twitter: @NationalGuard

 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Web: https://www.jhuapl.edu/
Facebook/Twitter: @JHUAPL

Soldier Today: NCO Strategy Update

Soldier Today: NCO Strategy Update

November 2, 2020

What is the Army’s NCO Strategy, why was it developed and how will it look in action? Today we welcome the Command Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), to give us his take. CSM Daniel Hendrex addresses what the end state looks like for being a fit, well-trained and disciplined NCO, and discusses how the pandemic has affected training.

  • Guest: Command Sergeant Major Daniel T. Hendrex, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Host: Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Daniel A. Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

Soldier Today, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, focuses on what is important to Soldiers and NCOs.

 

Resources:

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Web: https://www.tradoc.army.mil/

Facebook: @USArmyTRADOC

Twitter: @TRADOC

LinkedIn: @US Army TRADOC

 

AUSA’s NCO & Soldier Programs

Web: https://www.ausa.org/programs/nco-and-soldiers

Twitter (Dailey): @15thSMA

 

Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (INCOPD)

Web: About INCOPD

 

United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

Web: About USASMA

 

NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Web: https://www.ncoworldwide.army.mil/

Facebook: @NCOLCoE

Twitter: @NCOL_CoE

LinkedIn: @The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Thought Leaders: Adaptation Under Fire

Thought Leaders: Adaptation Under Fire

October 26, 2020

Militaries anticipate what future wars will be like, but always get it wrong to some degree. Adaptability is the answer, according to LTG(R) David Barno and Dr. Nora Bensahel, authors of Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime.

They join us today to discuss what adaptability is and how it can be applied within our military to close the gap between what was planned for and what needs to be done. This is more important than ever since the challenges of the 21st century include increasing strategic uncertainty, operating in new domains like space and cyber, and constant technological change.

  • Guests: Authors of Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime
    • LTG (Retired) David Barno, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
    • Dr. Nora Bensahel, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Host: Joe Craig, Director, AUSA’s Book Program

 

Resources:

 

Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime by LTG (R) David Barno and Dr. Nora Bensahel
Web: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/adaptation-under-fire-9780190672058
Facebook: @OUPAcademic
Twitter: @DWBarno78 @NoraBensahel @OUPAcademic

 

Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
Web: https://www.merrillcenter.sais-jhu.edu/
Facebook: @SAISStrategicStudies
Twitter: @SAISstrat

 

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Special Edition: Military Family Voting

Special Edition: Military Family Voting

October 21, 2020

Many military families are sometimes a bit confused about voting. With the 2020 election less than two weeks away, some might think it is too late to vote, or perhaps that their vote won’t matter. Sarah Streyder, Director of the Secure Families Initiative, joins us today to reinforce why it’s important to vote as a family member and provides steps to ensure your vote counts.

  • Guest:
    • Sarah Streyder, Director, Secure Families Initiative
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Resources:

Secure Families Initiative
Web: https://securefamiliesinitiative.org/
Facebook: @SecureFamilies
Twitter: @Secure_Families

Foreign Policy for America
Web: https://www.fp4america.org/
Facebook/Twitter: @FP4America

Federal Voting Assistance Program
For Service members, their families and overseas citizens
Web: https://www.fvap.gov/
Web: Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

HomeFront Rising
Web: https://www.homefrontrising.org/

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Family Voices: Optimizing the Health of the Army Family

Family Voices: Optimizing the Health of the Army Family

October 19, 2020

Families are not an afterthought, but are key to the overall health and success of the Total Army. Experts from the Army Public Health Center join us today to discuss the findings of their soon-to-be-released report: “The Health of the Army Family: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Next.” The data supports what our Army Families already know from lived experience, and offers concrete recommendations for all touchpoints in the military family lifecycle. The report supports overall readiness since Soldiers with happy, supported families are more likely to be retained.

  • Guests:
    • Laura Mitvalsky, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness at U.S. Army Public Health Center
    • Dr. Matthew Beymer, Principal Epidemiologist at U.S. Army Public Health Center, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA
    • Emily Warren, Program Evaluation Consultant - U.S. Army Public Health Center/ORISE Fellow at Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (Installations)
  • Host:
    • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Resources:

 

Army Public Health Center
Web: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/
Web: Health of the Army Family
Facebook: @ArmyPublicHealth
Twitter: @USAPHC

 

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (Installations), U.S. Army
Web: https://dcsg9.army.mil/
Facebook: @soldierandfamilyreadiness
Twitter: @dcs_g9

 

Army Community Resource Guides
Web: https://crg.amedd.army.mil/

 

Army Community Services – a suite of family support services
Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
Web: https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/personal-assistance
Facebook/Twitter: @FamilyMWR

 

Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS)
U.S. Department of Defense
Web: https://jamrs.defense.gov/
Facebook/Twitter: @DeptofDefense

 

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Army Real Talk: AUSA Now Annual Meeting & Expo - Opens Tomorrow! (13-16 October 2020)

Army Real Talk: AUSA Now Annual Meeting & Expo - Opens Tomorrow! (13-16 October 2020)

October 12, 2020

AUSA Now is happening this week! It is our Annual Meeting and Exposition featuring the U.S. Army, but we have taken it virtual for the first time in 2020. LTG(R) Patricia McQuistion, AUSA’s VP for Membership & Meetings, joins us today to discuss the decision to go virtual and to provide a sneak peek at what is in store. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

From 13-16 October, attendees will enter our virtual convention center to network, attend forums focused on the most current U.S. Army issues, and hear from top DoD and Army senior leaders from all major commands. There is something for all Army supporters, including all components, civilians and families.

Register for AUSA Now: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/

  • Guest:

    • LTG Patricia E. McQuistion, USA Ret., AUSA’s Vice President of Membership & Meetings
  • Host:
    • Nzinga Curry, AUSA’s Director of Education & Programs

 

Resources:

AUSA Now Annual Meeting & Exposition
13-16 October 2020
Web: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/

Association of the United States Army
Web: https://www.ausa.org/
Facebook: @AUSA.org
Twitter: @AUSAorg
LinkedIn: @Association of the United States Army

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