"It appears the Navy is not yet prepared to begin talking about what’s next for the SSC — the alternative to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that may or may not look something like what’s already being produced.
By order of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a special SSC task force was convened earlier this year to examine the LCS program and recommend potential ways ahead — whether to pick one of the two existing designs now in production, modify either of those designs to a more powerful, “up-gunned” variant, or to consider an entirely different design.
The deadline to submit a report is Thursday, but Pentagon sources are saying not all senior Navy officials have yet been briefed on the task force’s findings, and the Navy is not commenting for the record."
"Hawaii’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, is building a joint capability in cooperation with the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Destroyer Squadron 31.
Over the past year, a team of Army CH-47F Chinooks, UH-60M Black Hawks, HH-60M Medevac Black Hawks and OH-58D Kiowa Warriors has collaborated alongside U.S. Navy cruisers, destroyers and amphibious ships in Hawaiian waters. The combined effort honed the skills required for aviators and crews to conduct maritime operations overwater to include performing deck landing qualifications (DLQs), embarking Kiowa Warriors on ships, providing medical evacuations with Medevac Black Hawks, and conducting logistics operations with Black Hawks and Chinooks. These maritime operations expand the capability of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) to conduct inter-island operations and integrate with Navy forces. This joint maritime operations capability supports DoD’s shift to the Pacific at a tactical level."
ARCIC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Major General Hix explains the Army's choice to draw down the force and the subsequent impacts of this decision. He explains that the initial reduction was intended to cut out unnecessary manpower while maintaining the ability to meet global responsibilities. He then discusses how additional budget cuts would cause further reductions in personnel and how the Army will manage the risk incurred.
ARCIC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Major General William Hix discusses the drivers behind the strategic landpower concept. First, he underscores the importance of institutionalizing the lessons of the past 13 years. Second, he argues that good tactics do not always make good strategies. Third, he acknowledges that the Army has forgotten some key tenets of warfare, which must be recalled going forward. These ideas, he says, are among the key topics for joint exploration in the ongoing work on the strategic landpower concept.
ARCIC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Major General William Hix discusses the need to escape constraints of the present in order to consider future conflicts and operations. He explains that soldiers will always gravitate to better and more effective tools and technologies, and that providing these technologies directly will help to drive change through the rest of the institution. Finally, he discusses the importance of patience when considering change.
ARCIC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Major General William Hix discusses how the Army can better leverage its resources by striking a balance between human capital and technology. He explains that the Army will still focus on people, but as the force draws down it creates an imperative to optimize human resources for effective application on a global scale. Looking to the future, MG Hix believes that properly utilizing emerging technologies can help empower the Army's young leaders and make them more effective both on and off the battlefield.
ARCIC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Major General William Hix discusses the Army's shift from an Army of execution to an Army of preparation. He explains the need to reevaluate how a leaner Army supplies forces in a world where demand remains high and technology is rapidly evolving. Specifically, he discusses the importance of the Army adapting to operate in a more globalized world and the need to put a heavier emphasis on technology for future planning.