One of only two non-U.S. military leaders of NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Stephane Abrail, French Air Force, launched the second day of the Joint Warfighting Conference by calling it the most important conference of its kind.
A multinational panel comprising warfighters who have served at least one term in the Middle East spoke about challenges with a candidness not often heard in discussions about today's conflicts. While the topics of the Joint Warfighting Conference generally focus on technology and intelligence, these troops spoke about culture, language, information sharing and the training of local troops.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, has named Peter B. Trick as a senior vice president of the firm.
Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, USAF, has been assigned as director, joint integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Susan A. Yarwood has been assigned as principal director, enterprise services, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Policy Integration and Chief of Staff), Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Arlington, Virginia.
Adm. John Harvey, USN, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, opened Tuesday's Joint Warfighting Conference lunch presentation by proposing that while fear is new, the public's view of reality can change in an instant. He made this point to emphasize that talking about what warfighters will need in five years is impossible to predict. What is possible, however, remains the work to ensure that the military, government and industry does not create tools and processes that are fundamentally wrong.
Tuesday morning's panel at Joint Warfighting 2010 examined how the cards are being stacked when it comes to global power. Some of them aren't falling exactly where one might think. As these issues progress, will it force more cooperation with powers like China?
Leading IED Specialist Calls for Faster Counter-IED Solutions and International Information Sharing Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, USA, director of the Joint improvised explosive devices (IEDs) office, kicked off the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference calling for improvements in ability to share information with coalition partners, quickening the acquisition cycle and increasing troop training. Secretary of Defense Bill Gates' vision of the future recognizes the IED threat, but the QDR has very little about IEDs in it, Gen. Oates stated. "Today, the IED is a condition of our work place. Warfighters have got to be able to operate in these conditions. Although they [IEDs] can be very rudimentary, they are changing the way our commanders must operate," the general said. Gen. Oates predicted that IEDs will find their way into civilized situations more often as evidenced by the recent events in New York City. They will be used not only by terrorists but also by the criminal, drug and illegal finance trades. The military will find that the technology of these devices is more difficult to defeat and more will be seen in the southern hemisphere, he added. "If we assume that IEDs will continue to be used, we have to be able to train and equip our warfighters to deal with them. Also we need to break down the barriers that stop the United States from sharing information with coalition partners," Gen. Oates noted. The general also emphasized that the U.S. Defense Department must find a way to improve the acquisition process. "It cannot be business as usual. ... I do not want to be the billionth person this month to say that the acquisition process needs changing, but if it needs to be fixed, let's fix it," he stated. "This is not an engineering problem. It is not intelligence problem.
As you have likely heard, severe and unprecedented flooding in Nashville, Tennessee forced the cancellation of the 2010 DISA Customer Partnership Conference. For attendees, exhibitors, and AFCEA staffers, the experience was a difficult one-being evacuated from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, where the event was to take place; spending the night in a local high school shelter; being separated from friends and colleagues; scrambling to arrange return travel; and a general feeling of panic at the rapidly-changing situation in which they found themselves.