Ground Forces Dialogue

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The Ground Forces Dialogue is a multimedia project intended to foster and facilitate a broad conversation about U.S. ground forces in the future, in their many dimensions.

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Focus Areas

  • US Army Photo by PFC. Nathaniel Newkirk

    Perspectives on the past, present, and future of Army Aviation and how today’s force will evolve to meet future challenges.

  • The Thinker,

    Perspectives on future threats and their implications for the roles and mission of U.S. ground forces.

  • Factory floor,

    Perspectives on the acquisition process, industrial base concerns and challenges, and the relationship between the Department of Defense and the private sector in an era of declining defense budgets.

  • Tank Training, Flickr\US Army

    Dialogue on future US ground force capabilities, including the integration cyber, robotics, and other technologies, and on maintaining flexibility for lower-priority missions.

  • United Nations,

    International views on future US ground force capabilities and their role in bilateral, regional, global matters, as well as the relevance of these capabilities in others’ strategic and security decision-making.

  • Photo by Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez; US Army Flickr Page;

    Perspectives on the capabilities soldiers will need for future operating environments, and the ways in which both industry and the DoD best support these future soldier requirements.

  • Iraq Range Flickr\US Army

    Dialogue on adaptability and how to get it, maintaining a high-quality force, increasing ties between general purpose and special operations forces, and adapting military training to fit future needs.

  • Down by the Bay Flickr\US Marine Corps

    Views on small foot print approaches, global posture, improving cooperation with key partners, and more . . .

  • News on U.S. ground force issues from around the world.


  • Jul 31, 2014

    No Report Expected Just Yet on LCS Alternative
    July 30, 2014
    By Christopher P. Cavas
    Defense News

    "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."

  • Jul 30, 2014

    Army Maritime Aviation: This is not a Misprint
    July 15, 2014
    Maj. Mark Fulmer and Maj. Rob Holcombe
    Army Magazine

    "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."


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