Challenges tackled at the 2011 Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Senior Leader Forum
By LTC Rob Manning, Under SecArmy Public Affairs November 12, 2011
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2011 -- The Under Secretary of the Army addressed 345 senior acquisition, logistics and technology experts from throughout the Department of Defense during a senior leader training forum in Huntsville, Alabama. The forum is designed to identify issues and challenges that currently impact the Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) community and focuses on Army transformation, budget constraints, energy technology, contracting and industrial base reform.
The training forum includes workshops, group discussions, sensing sessions and speeches from key leaders. Honorable Kendall (A-USD AT&L), Honorable Dr. Westphal (Under SecArmy), Ms. Shyu (A-ASA (ALT)), Gen. Chiarelli (VCSA) and Gen. Dunwoody (CG, AMC) were some of the senior leaders that addressed the conference participants.
Ms. Shyu and Gen. Dunwoody discussed the need for increased communication and information sharing within the AL&T community. Both stressed that 'bold ideas' are necessary to ensure that our Soldiers maintain the edge on the battlefield.
Honorable Dr. Westphal provided context for current issues facing the Army's acquisition, logistics and technology community and underscored the potential impact of budget cuts.
"When you're dealing with acquisition programs, you have to ask whether each
program, over the course of its life span, is the right investment given all the other things we must have," Westphal said. He reinforced his comments by discussing the status of possible force reductions, modernization and the need for a more efficient acquisition strategy.
The Under Secretary discussed the potential impact of budget cuts and the need to prioritize efforts to ensure that direct support for the Warfighter is paramount. "We are facing a perfect storm of threats with the global economic crisis, our national debt, and continuing threats to our homeland. We have to be calm, rational, and patient as we work through these challenges, because decisions are going to take time," he said.
Westphal also visited Army Material Command's new headquarters and received an installation tour of Redstone Arsenal.