2012 Winter Symposium and Exposition

Tuesday February 21, 2012

What is it?

The Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare (AUSA ILW) annually hosts an unclassified winter symposium for members of industry and the military community. This year the symposium takes place Feb. 22-24, 2012 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The symposium's theme is "America's Army - Decisive Force". To watch live streaming videos of the AUSA Winter events, visit U.S. Army's UStream channel.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is approaching the 2012 AUSA Winter Symposium as a primary communication platform including deliberate outreach activities in the region. This year the Army is leveraging the symposium to reinforce that the Army is the Nation's Force of Decisive Action - Ready Today, Prepared for Tomorrow. Army leaders will address the Army's role in science, technology, and acquisition, and how these enable the Army to move toward Army of 2020.

What has the Army done?

There are three components to the Army's participation in the AUSA Winter Symposium. The first are the onsite activities which include presentations, panels and exhibits. The presentations set the stage for panels to discuss the theme and important topics in greater detail. The Chief of Staff of the Army's presentation closes out the three day symposium and reinforces that America's Army is the Nation's Force of Decisive Action. The second are outreach engagements with the centers of influence in and around the Fort Lauderdale area. The third is the Congressional outreach that the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison will conduct with the Congressional offices. Social and traditional media will be used to amplify the three components to sustain the connection with the American people.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Continue the integration of scalable and flexible communication platforms like the Winter Symposium into a cycle that allows the Army to set the time leading up to, during and immediately following a primary communication platform as a focused Army-wide communications period. The primary communication platforms are the Posture Hearings, AUSA Annual Meeting and Army Birthday. Each platform has clear, overarching and measurable communication objectives that leverage the focus of the event to inform target audiences.

Resources:

U.S. Army's UStream channel
AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium and Exposition:"America's Army - Decisive Force"
Winter Symposium and Exposition Agenda (PDF)

Army.mil: Professional Toolkit
Combined Arm's Center: Army Profession

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"Over the past 236 years, the United States Army has proudly served the nation by winning its wars and securing the peace. Our history is marked by decisive action in a wide range of missions - including regular and irregular warfare, humanitarian assistance operations, engagement with allies to build partner capacity, and support to civil authorities."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. T. Odierno, shares his thoughts on the role of the Army in his Marching Orders, which articulates and outlines the Army's guiding principles, characteristics of the future force, and leader expectations.

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"We are not looking for a handout, or to change a state's standards. We are simply looking to be able to provide for our families and continue the career that we love."

- Army spouse Ann Wells, endorsed the release of the military spouse employment report, which spotlights military spouses' employment challenges and aims to remove barriers for the thousands of spouses with occupational licenses, Feb. 16, 2012

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