The $27 million Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility includes almost 100,000 square feet of learning and training space, state-of-the-art classroom equipment, revolutionary and highly classified lab systems, and of course working examples of one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world.
Enhanced Engagement Training Conference Aims to Bring Positive Change to Army’s Modern Civilian Work
Fort Leavenworth was host to the Enhanced Engagement Training Conference (E2TC) at the Lewis and Clark Center Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday Sept. 10. The event brought together several of the Department of the Army’s senior most leaders in an effort to craft reasonable solutions to address issues facing the Army’s modern civilian workforce.
The Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Logistics Research and Engineering Directorate at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, builds discrete event simulation process models to answer questions related to manpower and materials-handling equipment capabilities. For more than 10 years, LRED has developed models for organizations such as the Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Sustainment Command, and the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 2, 2015) — Retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, visited the Maneuver Center of Excellence to share his views on the intelligence community and international relations in regards to the military as part of the Combat Leader Speaker Program.
“We live in a complex world,” Burgess said. “The threats, as we look to the future, are going to be constant, and they are going to continue to evolve.”
Burgess told the students about his time as director of the DIA, discussing various decisions he had to make and events he witnessed. He encouraged the students to listen to intelligence officers when they become senior leaders, and to understand that intelligence is important in weighing decisions.
“Intelligence ought to be one of the things you listen to and (allow) to advise and guide you,” Burgess said. “But by no means is intel always going to provide the golden answer.
“It is only one of the sources coming to you as a commander, and it’s your responsibility to amalgamate all of those sources to decide on the best course of action.”
Burgess also told the students as the Army is changing to fight to remain tactical. He discussed cutbacks, lack of funding for training, the switch to a more garrison-based Army and the importance of continued training despite the setbacks and preparing as the “best and unmatched Army in the world.”
He ended his discussion by answering questions, most notably about the Islamic State and the decisions being made about action against it.
“We try to formulate a strategy, but the thing as a nation we haven’t dealt with is looking at the underlying causes — demographic shifts that are occurring, and how we can change them. And until we start dealing with those basic concerns, we may be in for the long war,” Burgess said.
Photo credit: A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to Company A, 173rd Airborne Brigade Special Troops Battalion engages a target during a combined defensive live-fire exercise March 6, 2015, at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and Dutch sappers from the 411th Armored Engineers of the Royal Dutch Army participated in the combined defensive exercise to promote interoperability and strengthen the NATO alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)
FORT BELVOIR, Va. – August 25, 2015 – Recently, the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force hosted General David G. Perkins, commanding general of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. This was Perkins’ first visit to the REF since the organization began its transition from Headquarters, Department of the Army to TRADOC.