While the global pandemic has hampered personal events at best, AUSA 2021 is back and will be held this week at the Washington Convention Center. AUSA has not only planned a strong event, but is doing so under new leadership, with the appointment of recently retired General Bob Brown as president and CEO.
The military needs AUSA “now more than ever,” Brown said in a recent interview. “We have a huge vision and we play a huge role as the voice of the army.” By bringing industry and military leadership together in one space, AUSA 2021 will highlight the Army’s vision of maintaining excellence and the new and emerging technologies that will enable the mission.
Before heading to the show, Modern combat space the editorial team gathers the latest news that will be relevant to this event.
Focus on readiness:
To ensure global preparedness, the U.S. military and military command seek to support three main priorities: manpower, readiness, and modernization. During the AUSA 2021 senior panel of leaders will offer an update to Regionally adjusted model for readiness and modernizationand how it maintains these three priorities.
# AUSA2021 Anxiety# US Army leaders and military experts will focus on the military # readiness October 11 during a panel discussion on “Reading the Balance of Readiness”, during @AUSAorgThe annual meeting of 2021
– US Army (@USArmy) October 4, 2021
Unified network strategy
Going to the event, the U.S. military recently rewarded the delivery of Manpack and Leader radios for data that supports a unified network strategy for services. The software defined radio stations enable multiple communication options for commanders and allow fast and flexible waveform upgrades with the advent of new technologies.
We contacted Rob Scott, general manager of tactical communications at Collins Aerospace, to ask him about the recent award. “We are very proud to be a major provider of program manager radio stations, Tactical Radio, which are helping to build a strong integrated tactical network for the US military,” he told us. “PRC-162 is at the forefront of software-defined radio engineering and brings great capabilities to military formations and platforms.”
NEWS # AUSA2021 Title: @ US Army places the ninth purchase order for our HMS Manpack radio upgrade program. The secure dual-channel software radio, which can operate, can operate on independent channels # CJADC2. Read more: https://t.co/M1bpoObl4v pic.twitter.com/38KYlWEwoL
– Collins Aerospace (@CollinsAero) October 7, 2021
Next generation combat vehicles
Optional manned combat vehicles are a critical capability that the US military needs on the battlefield today and in the future. The military is working with the prototyping industry and released RFP at the end of last year.
Brig. General Ross Coffman, director of the next-generation inter-combat vehicle team, said the progress was “a big step forward for our military as we bring about a transformational change in our infantry.”
In exclusive National Defense interview with General Murray, the head of the army’s futures command, noted that they “have set expectations for the industry quite high”. They decided that they needed competition in the program and restarted the process at the beginning to get more participation. Industry will demonstrate progress in this area.
BAE Systems will showcase its optional manned combat vehicle (OMFV) based on the next generation Bradley, developed by AMPV in # AUSA2021. BAE and Elbit have teamed up to develop and integrate advanced technologies such as UT30Mk2, IronFist, IronVision into the war machine. (BAE systems) pic.twitter.com/9sAAfbnlWl
– Ronkainen (@ ronkainen7k15) October 8, 2021
The zero-confidence approach is mandatory for the military in the digital age
Data protection and authenticity and the multidomain network, collaboration between different services is crucial for real-time decision making. As services move to JADC2, they must adopt a zero-confidence approach to the army CIO Raj Iyer indicated. At a recent virtual event, Ayer told the audience that there was no other way. “We rely heavily on commercial technology to activate JADC2, we are no longer in the mode of writing our own software or building our own platforms for the revenue system from scratch.”
At AUSA 2021, we expect to hear more about this approach during one of the panel sessions.
The @ US ArmyRussia’s future battlefield will be multidomain and technological.
Joining #ArmyCIO in # AUSA2021 to hear about the ways this # zero trust,, #cArmy cloud, data, cybersecurity and network convergence will stimulate ADTS to reach an army of the digital age. @AUSAorg pic.twitter.com/RefOApQrzj
– Chief Information Officer of the Army (@ArmyCIO) October 7, 2021
AUSA 2021 will be full of topics like these and others. AUSA President Brown noted that “the better the military, the more they can do to deter our opponents.” By uniting the industry, introducing the latest technological advances and creating opportunities for collaboration with events like these, AUSA 2021 is on track to help with the upcoming mission.