By Dennis K. Bohannon, ASA (IE&E)October 18, 2017
WASHINGTON DC - The Association of the United States Army Warriors Corner presentation "Installations of the Future" was held within the Army Exhibit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10 October, 2017.
The presentation was introduced and moderated by Mr. Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Strategic Integration) and featured speakers Mr. J. Randall Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, and Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for Installations Management.
Mr. Robinson talked about how we, as an Army, need to change how we think about installations for the future, as the battle space is being redefined. He said Installations are no longer a safe haven. They are part of Multi-Domain Battle's Strategic Support Area and constantly under attack. He noted that threats have changed and continue to evolve -- cyber, information warfare, hybrid warfare, and more capable conventional and unconventional adversary forces present new challenges.
Lt. Gen. Bingham discussed the needs and challenges for creating energy resilience, leveraging emerging technology, innovating service delivery and mitigating technological vulnerabilities.
Mr. Kidd began the presentation with the video "Evolving Threats to Army Installations in a Complex World."
The video describes how the Army is closely watching 12 trends that shape the operational environment. Some of the trends include cyber, artificial intelligence, big data, climate change, robotics, and collective intelligence.
As discussed in the video, by Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command and Mr. Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration, threats from these trends affect not only distance fighting, but maneuverability at home.
Installations, part of the strategic support area within multi-domain battle, are the initial maneuver platforms of the Army. They are at increased risk from the accelerating rate of technological advancement within the aforementioned trends.
Technology will advance with or without the Army's approval. Emerging and non-traditional threats will use technologies to delay mobilization, disrupt deployments, interfere with command operations, undermine unit morale and create friction between our installations and surrounding communities.
The Army is actively engaging in technology research and application to ensure its installations are ready to meet the demand of this new world.
The presentation was followed by questions and answers.