“It’s a great time to be in the FIRES business, it’s a great time to be in the air and missile defense business. Our troops around the world are doing incredible things, all our troops, but a special shout-out to our air defenders who may be there in person. I asked all of our commanders to put an arm around our air defense soldiers, especially the Patriots batteries that are out there right now at the highest Operational Tempo in the Army. We recognize what they’re doing and reach out to their families because they are on the front lines right now protecting us. We have asked them to extend in some cases and their Operational Tempo is absolutely incredible so I am very very proud of what they’re doing along with all of our soldiers across the world.” -Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, at Virtual FIRESCON on October 1, 2020.
Yesterday morning, the Chief of Staff of the Army emphasized the importance of Missile Defense and FIRES to the Army, to the nation, and to the world.
“Great power competition does not have to mean great power conflict, and quite frankly it can’t be. It won’t be if we stay strong. Peace through strength. Our FIRES community and our air and missile defense community have a lot to do with that, giving us that strength so we can deter those who wish us harm.” Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, at Virtual FIRESCON on October 1, 2020.
This coming together will result in “speed in the depth of the battlefield that the Army has never had before and continues on their path towards convergence across all-domains. “ Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, at Virtual FIRESCON on October 1, 2020.
For combat maneuvering forces on land and in the air to be effective, the airbases have to be defended with layered air defenses to include cruise, ballistic and future hypersonic defenses. The Army and the USAF are challenged.
In this Army transformation, new systems are coming forward with the MSHORAD Stryker, IBCS, and LTAMS. As Army Air Defense remains a top 6 priority for the Army. As the Chief made it clear, the Army’s greatest weapon is not a transformational new system its most important weapon is its People. Putting People first and getting People right Wins!
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