Senior Advisor Dr. Maren Leed Quoted in Breaking Defense

May 14, 2014

There are already 26 megacities, defined as urban areas with over 10 million population, including such hives of instability as Karachi, Pakistan and Lagos, Nigeria. Worldwide the urban population now exceeds the rural for the first time in history. While megacities are the flavor of the month, they’re hardly the only potential trouble spots.

“It’s not just megacities,” said Maren Leed, a ground warfare expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “We weren’t fighting in megacities in Iraq.”

Nor is the problem going to wait for 2035. “It’s not something, unfortunately, that’s 20 years away, so there’s some degree of urgency in thinking about this more deliberately,” Leed told me. “Both the Army and the Marine Corps are doing that on their own, but it ought to be something that the Joint Staff and OSD [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] are leaning forward on.”

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Ground Forces in the News - May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

10K soldiers must go this year, 20K next year
May 12, 2014
Army Times
By Jim Tice

“Nearly 30,000 soldiers must be removed from the active rolls in the next 17 months if the Army is to make the first waypoint in a drawdown that eventually will reduce the force to 450,000, or even 420,000, soldiers. As of April 1, there were 519,786 troopers on active duty, according to the most recent accounting of Regular Army strength by the Defense Manpower Data Cnter. The personnel total includes 4,000 West Point cadets and several hundred soldiers who are processing for separation because of physical disability, and several hundred others who have been identified for involuntary separation or retirement because of indiscipline or selection by force reduction boards.”

Dempsey Wants to ‘Rebalance the Use of Military Power’
May 12, 2014
Defense One
By James Kitfield

“At the top of the United States military’s vast, global bureaucracy sits the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the land and the president’s senior military advisor. The chairman sits between the four-star service chiefs on one side, and the four-star combatant commanders on the other. The chiefs are responsible for developing, training and equipping the armed forces for the future. The commanders are responsible for deploying those forces, and their focus is on the application of military power to mitigate crises of the day. Between them in that “supply and demand” equation sits Gen. Martin Dempsey mitigating disputes and fashioning tradeoffs”

COL Matt Lewis on the challenges of building partner capacity

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses the challenges of fielding, training, equipping, and maintaining aviation capacity for other countries’ militaries. He believes that building partner capacity is not well understood across all four U.S. services, the effects of which are exacerbated by limited resources and infrastructure in countries like Afghanistan.

COL Matt Lewis on future aviation priorities

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, talks about the value of tilt-rotor technology in the V-22 Osprey, such as its capacity to bring medical facility-like capabilities to those in need vice evacuating them out to the nearest hospital. He cautions that today’s platforms have limits, however, and that at present they are best used in conjunction with other systems.

COL Matt Lewis on Army Aviation’s role in Regionally Aligned Forces

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses how Army Aviation might be involved in Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF). He believes the breadth of capabilities Army Aviation provides will mean it absolutely has a role in RAF. Exactly what that will look like, he says, is a bit more difficult to predict, particularly in a joint context.

COL Matt Lewis on manned-unmanned teaming for Army Aviation

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses current employment of unmanned aerial vehicles in Army Aviation and how the capability is evolving. While UAVs certainly have their benefits, he says, they are not always as user-friendly as he would like, nor are they interoperable with all of the other systems currently being employed.

COL Matt Lewis on the future of coalition forces

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses the future of coalition warfare. He believes that while the doctrine is in place, it remains difficult to actually employ coalition forces without adequate joint training.

COL Matt Lewis on future challenges for Army Aviation

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, shares his thoughts on some of the challenges Army Aviation will face in the future. Among them are coordinating with ground forces and having the right capabilities at the right places in order to accomplish missions efficiently.

COL Matt Lewis on Army Aviation’s role as part of a coalition force

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses the future of coalition warfare. He believes that while the doctrine is in place, it remains difficult to actually employ coalition forces without adequate joint training.

COL Matt Lewis on the role of Army Aviation as part of the joint force

May 6, 2014

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In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses the differences in approach between the Services. These different approaches have different cost implications; COL Lewis discusses the need for a comparison of how the Services would provide a given aviation capability and at what cost.

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