Ted Melton (right), director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s International Army Programs Directorate, hosted a delegation from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force June 15-16. The delegation was led by Col. Watara Inoue, section chief of the Research & Development Division, Policy and Programs Department. The visit centered on the roles and mission of ARCIC, a subordinate unit of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The delegation received presentations from the Force 2025 and Beyond Directorate as well as ARCIC’s Concept Development and Learning and Capabilities Development Directorate. Topics of interest included Network Integration Evaluation 16.1, Army Warfighting Assessment, Unified Quest, Unified Challenge and future ARCIC experimentation exercises. While in the U.S., the delegation also visited the Brigade Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Archive for June, 2015
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, hosted a delegation at West Point, N.Y., for the 24th Future Battlefield Annual Talks June 7-11, 2015.
TRADOC’s relationship with the Israel Defense Forces began in 1973 following the Yom Kippur War, leading to the FBAT’s initiation in 1988. The TRADOC commanding general has served as U.S. head of delegation since 1990, and each year, the talks are conducted alternately between locations in the U.S. and Israel.
This year’s U.S. delegation included Perkins; Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC’s command sergeant major; Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center; Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, ARCIC deputy director and Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, Joint Military Training Center Europe. The delegation also included Center of Excellence commanders from Maneuver, Fires, Sustainment, Maneuver Support, Aviation, Mission Command, Cyber and selected school commandants.
Maj. Gen. Guy Zur, chief of the IDF Ground Forces, served as the Israeli head of delegation.
From June 7-9, IDF Ground Forces delegates visited the Maneuver, Cyber, Fires, Mission Command and Maneuver Support Centers of Excellence as well as the National Training Center to gain insights into the curriculum, technology and techniques used to train U.S. Soldiers. This FBAT included a special emphasis on the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza and implications on capability development.
These engagements provided the opportunity for the representatives of each army to share their approaches and lessons learned to develop leaders and maintain the edge against adversaries.
As IDF delegates visited TRADOC schools and centers, Zur participated in detailed discussions at the TRADOC headquarters with Perkins and members of the TRADOC staff. Zur received briefings on the Army Operating Concept, the Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy and the Human Dimension.
While at West Point, Zur presided over a wreath laying ceremony in honor of Col. Davis Markus, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army colonel who assisted Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and who became Israel’s first modern general.
The plenary session focused on Operation Protection Edge lessons learned, Israeli Ground Forces Concept for 2015-2025, U.S. Army concept framework and mutual challenges in the future operational environment. Perkins reiterated the importance of this event to the U.S. Army and how TRADOC greatly values the long-standing partnership with the IDF Ground Forces.
The FBAT concluded June 11 with a cultural visit to the 9-11 Memorial in New York City, where Perkins honored those who died in the Pentagon and Zur honored Israeli citizens who perished that day in the twin towers.
Zur thanked the U.S. delegates for their hospitality, and reaffirmed that the observations and learning that occurred during the FBAT will be beneficial in the near future as the IDF makes important decisions on the design of the Israeli ground forces for the next decade.
The FBAT concluded with Perkins and Zur co-signing a memorandum to codify the 2015 military-to-military agreed-to actions, and to demonstrate the long-standing partnership and commitment between the armies.
Sustaining the FBAT remains a top priority for TRADOC. The 2016 FBAT will be hosted by the IDF Ground Forces in Israel.
Photo credit: Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (center) stands for a photo with the TRADOC and members of the Israel Defense Forces delegation during the 2015 Future Battlefield Annual Talks.
The 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood performs before the Springfield Cardinals Military Appreciation game Saturday. The band joined the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Color Guard and several Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen for pre-game ceremonies.Several Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from Fort Leonard Wood joined the 399th Army Band and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Color Guard at the Springfield Cardinals Military Appreciation game Saturday. Brigadier Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, gave the players a motivational pre-game speech and threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Staff Sgt. Michael Joseph, Army Operation Rising Star winner and member of 399th Army Band, sang “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch. (U.S. Army photo by Stephen Standifird)
FORT IRWIN, Calif. (June 22, 2015) — Stryker and other units fighting in realistic missions at the National Training Center (NTC) are finding that the Army’s mobile tactical communications network is providing increased communication and mission command capability throughout the austere battlefield, increasing situational awareness and operational tempo.
The Command and General Staff College selected 57 faculty members for academic promotion for the academic year 2015-2016 that begins on August 10. Academic promotion recognizes excellence in the faculty characterized by sustained superior performance across the four domains of faculty development–teaching, scholarship, service and faculty development.