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.
In this March 21, 2014 interview, COL Matt Lewis, Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, discusses the future of Army Aviation training and readiness under the constraints of the Budget Control Act (BCA). COL Lewis notes that, at least for now, much of the readiness that is lost in pre-deployment training is made up for as units are deployed and completing missions in the field, but being able to rely on in-theater experience as a tool for training will not be possible after U.S. forces leave Afghanistan.
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.