In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, reflects on what has gone well for Army Aviation in Afghanistan over the last few years. Among them are improved medical evacuation capabilities, such as in-flight blood transfusion, and improved tactics. COL Lewis says at least some of these improvements are the result of good relationships with the ground forces.
In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, speaks about how Army Aviation has changed over the course of his career. Beginning from his time at West Point during the Cold War, COL Lewis discusses missions in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo, and his current deployment in Afghanistan.
In July, the US Army will make its first big decision on how to proceed with the ambitious, decades-long developmental project to replace up to 4,000 Apache and Black Hawk helicopters by the mid-2030s. Four contractors are working on demonstrator and technology projects under the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program, which will eventually develop the baseline requirements for the $100 billion Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort.
A few years after then-Defense secretary Robert Gates put the Marine Corps' variant of the F-35 fighter on "probation" because of poor performance, the Marine Corps is optimistic about the plane's future and the rest of the aviation portfolio. That's the message the service's top aviation official delivered to the Center For Strategic And International Studies yesterday. Dr.
Julie Eaton, the North American Business Director at DuPont, discusses how market diversity—particularly for items in the soldier system portfolio—helps private industry weather uncertainty, and provides an additional incentive for innovation industries can leverage in a military context. At the same time, the needs for military and non-military consumers differ, particularly when it comes to lifecycle use and subsequent costs, which can be problematic when industries are judged on Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable instead of the Best Value.
Julie Eaton, the North American Business Director at DuPont, discusses the interaction between requirement writers and industry, and describes the prospects for more synergy between private and military organizations. Ms. Eaton believes now is the time to consider what future requirements will look like, and to push for revolutionary (not just evolutionary) approaches to the soldier system.
Julie Eaton, the North American Business Director at DuPont, discusses competing ideologies between the Department of Defense and Private Industry in terms IRAD, noting that transparency and communication would significantly improve the synergy between the stakeholders. When it comes to innovation in particular, she describes the need for better incentives for industry to take that risk.
Julie Eaton, the North American Business Director at DuPont, discusses the private sector’s perspective on the DLA. She describes the need for more transparency and predictability in the value chain as industries—as continually operating institutions—tries to make plans for the future. While Ms. Eaton recognizes that a monthly forecasts across the value chain are unlikely (though would be most welcome), she notes that something as relatively simple as a consistent demand signal would have huge benefits in terms of industry’s ability to provide best value to DOD.
Featuring: Brigadier General Matthew Glavy
Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, United States Marine Corps
Moderated by: Dr. Maren Leed
Senior Adviser, Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies
Please join us for a discussion on the state of Marine Corps Aviation and the future of the force. General Glavy will speak on how the Corps' future missions will affect the Aviation Combat Element, aligning aviation capabilities across the joint force, and the Corps' role in building partner capacity.