AUSA 61st Annual Meeting

The Association of the U.S. Army conducted its 61st Annual Meeting and Exposition this week at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. In addition to AUSA members and guests, it was attended by military and exhibitors from around the world. The theme was, ‘Winning in a Complex World’
New Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley spoke of the need to view the Army as ‘one force’, Active, National Guard and Reserve, urged the Nation to limit cuts to personnel, pay and benefits, and stressed the importance of readiness in view of the many threats across the globe.
AUSA President Gordon Sullivan warned of the crippling effects of the Budget Control Act; aka, Sequestration, and urged attendees to ask Congress for relief. Sequestration disproportionately imposes budget cuts throughout the Department of Defense and is crippling the rebuilding of an Army after 14 years of war.
The agenda was filled with forums on training opportunities, modernization programs, technical innovations, and family readiness forums. Senior leaders spoke on a variety of professional topics.