Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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INSIGHTS Armor & Mobility ISSN: 2151-190x Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2017 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 www.TacticalDefenseMedia.com circulation@tacticaldefensemedia.com editorial@tacticaldefensemedia.com advertising@tacticaldefensemedia.com Tactical Defense Media Publications Proud Members Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility kevin@tacticaldefensemedia.com Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media christian@tacticaldefensemedia.com Jittima Saiwongnuan Graphic Designer Tactical Defense Media jittima@tacticaldefensemedia.com Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media soniab@tacticaldefensemedia.com Jane Engel Associate Publisher Tactical Defense Media jane@tacticaldefensemedia.com Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media cathy@tacticaldefensemedia.com WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL ANNUAL GEAR GUIDE WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL DISCLAIMER: Tactical Defense Media (TDM) is privileged to publish work by members of the military and government personnel. We make a special effort to allow writers to preview their articles before publication, critique our edits, and make changes. However, due to the highly unconventional nature of DoD and government style guides, TDM cannot guarantee that all capitalizations and other grammatical aspects that do not conform to the AP Style Guide will be used. We always welcome constructive conversations on this matter. As the United States, and the free world, settle into the rhythm of a Trump presidency, the continuum that is the defense of a nation from threats both foreign and domestic must and will remain at the forefront of the nation's agenda, no matter whom its leader. As such, the means by which those tasked with the country's defense secure the tools they need must also be of primary concern. 2017's first issue of Armor & Mobility gives readers a first-hand look at strategy and objectives driving the world's largest purveyor of equipment critical to the perpetuation of our freedoms as Americans. The February issue of A&M puts the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) front and center in the form of a cover interview with DLA Director Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch. In an insightful conversation, Lt. Gen. Busch speaks to primary focus initiatives for 2017 including supporting U.S. Central Command's stewardship of the Trans-Arabian Network and coordination with U.S. Pacific Command efforts to work with U.S. Forces, Korea and regional allies in support of international stability within Southeast Asia. From east to the Middle East, DLA is partnering with U.S. Central Command, U.S. Army, and industry to maximize value from excess equipment through sales that offset the cost of global U.S. military logistics operations. From a logistics command perspective, A&M had the recent pleasure of speaking with Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Tinker AFB, OK, regarding his thoughts on multi-domain logistics command and control and current and future challenges to streamlining joint interoperability across the U.S. defense logistics enterprise. Lt. Gen. Levy speaks to the increasing development of space and cyber threats, long-range strike capabilities, and advanced technologies that challenge U.S. supremacy in air and space. From the concepts that form logistical strategy to the energy that drives processes, the clandestine world of special operations aerial refueling is being championed by the 1st Special Operations Wing (SOW), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). "Special Operations Forces (SOF) are required to execute missions that conventional forces can't," said Lt. Col. John Klohr, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron (SOLRS) Commander. "Forward area refueling point (FARP) skill set extends the range and loiter time of aircraft and vehicles enabling small SOF teams to have an impact over a wider geographical area." Not to be remiss in reporting on the Army, latest improvements to Stryker tactical platform include recent operational testing of upgraded chassis and drivetrain as well as news that Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) has just stood up it Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) for software certification to address increasing DoD digital capabilities. In a perspective on hybrid warfare readiness, the Joint Committee on Tactical Shelters (JOCOTAS) offers insight into how the future of warfare may impact global U.S. expeditionary basing operations who many say is the future of combat maneuver. www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 2 | Armor & Mobility | February 2017

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