AUSA Combined Arms Maneuver Symposium and Exhibition

Tuesday July 26, 2011

What is it?

The inaugural Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) Combined Arms Maneuver (CAM) Symposium and Exhibition is a professional forum designed to explore the future operational capabilities necessary for the Army to prevail in a complex 21st century strategic environment. The CAM Symposium brings together key leaders from the public and private sectors in a unique venue to address critical issues related to the future operational requirements of Army forces.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), located at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., worked closely with AUSA to shape this vital forum. Recent changes to Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations, introduced the core competencies of CAM and Wide Area Security (WAS). This forum is intended to expand on that dialogue to further explore the roles of Army forces and capabilities in CAM and WAS, and how they will be employed in full-spectrum operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The CAM Symposium will serve as a catalyst to cement the concepts of CAM and WAS in our doctrine, training, and leader development efforts. In the months following the symposium, the Army will unveil a remarkable new edition of FM 3-0 and a revolutionary approach to doctrine, both focused through an operational concept underpinned by the tenets of CAM and WAS.

Why is this important to the Army?

Nearly ten years after forces entered Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the nation faces an emerging strategic environment much different than at the turn of the century. The Army's ability to successfully conduct full spectrum operations in this emergent environment is enabled through these two core competencies -- CAM and WAS. In turn, these core competencies represent very specific and unique capabilities that define our Army as truly capable of full spectrum operations. Our Army's core competencies -- Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security -- reinforce our commitment to full-spectrum operations while building on the expertise gained through a decade of war.


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