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.
Russia’s occupation and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February and March have plunged Europe into one of its gravest crises since the end of the Cold War. Despite analogies to Munich in 1938, however, Russia’s invasion of this Ukrainian region is at once a replay and an escalation of tactics that the Kremlin has used for the past two decades to maintain its influence across the domains of the former Soviet Union.
“National Guard attack helicopter units just can’t be as battle-ready as full-time regular Army ones, Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox has been telling the Hill. That’s why the Guard should give all its AH-64 Apache gunships to the active-duty force to replace older aircraft lost to budget cuts. “Combat elements must be in the AC [active component],” says one of Fox’s briefing slides, which were obtained by Breaking Defense and incensed one Guard commander we showed them to.”
“The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say. Since Afghanistan's general election on April 5, White House, State Department and Pentagon officials have resumed discussions on how many American troops should remain after the current U.S.-led coalition ends its mission this year. The decision to consider a small force, possibly less than 5,000 U.S. troops, reflects a belief among White House officials that Afghan security forces have evolved into a robust enough force to contain a still-potent Taliban-led insurgency. The small U.S. force that would remain could focus on counter-terrorism or training operations.”
“Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.”
“Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners. “We continue to train and be prepared for any contingency, any operation the national command authority might ask us to participate in,” said Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, commanding general of USAREUR. “What [our allies] appreciate is we continue to dialogue with them and look for ways to stay connected. I think they’re reassured by our presence.””