Armor & Mobility

AUG 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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Gen. Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense. General McDew was commissioned in 1982 following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff assignments include serv- ing as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, Air Force aide to the President, chief of the Air Force Senate Liai- son Division and the director of Air Force Public Affairs. General McDew served as vice director for strategic plans and policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the commander of 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, and commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels as well as at an Air Force direct reporting unit. He deployed in support of ongoing operations in Central and Southwest Asia as an air expeditionary group com- mander and later as the director of mobility forces. Prior to his current assignment, General McDew was the commander of Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB. ENSURING MULTI-DOMAIN MOBILITY AMIDST GLOBAL UNPREDICTABILITY A&M: Can you speak to some of the challenges and concerns facing USTRANSCOM? Gen. McDew: This is truly an exciting time to be the Commander of United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). Every day, I'm humbled by the selfless sacrifice of the more than 140,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, coast guardsmen, civil servants, and families who dedicate their lives to our great Nation. This year we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and our team remains postured to provide rapid power projection and deliver national objectives. Today's global security environment is more diverse and complex than it was when USTRANSCOM stood up 30 years ago. A resurgent Russia and a rising China present a near-peer threat while Iran, North Korea, and violent extremist organizations persist as regional threats. Our adversaries are continuously seeking new ways to undercut our dominance and counter our power projection capabilities across all domains – land, sea, air, space, and cyber – to contest our standing as a world power. Additionally, USTRANSCOM, unlike most other combatant com- mands, is globally focused, and provides a multifunctional, multi- domain, and trans-regional capability to all other combatant commands. USTRANSCOM considers readiness across the entire Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise, which includes the readiness of people and equipment spanning all of the services and commercial industry. We do face future readiness challenges; our global mobility platforms are aging, especially our strategic sealift vessels and air refueling tankers, and our U.S.-flagged commercial sealift carrier numbers are in decline. However, with every challenge comes opportunity. The chal- lenges I highlighted provide opportunities to cultivate our partnerships with joint service and commercial industry, leverage both existing and emerging technologies to maximize our capabilities, and synchronize logistics processes in more effective ways ensuring the Joint Forces' success on the battlefields of today and tomorrow. A&M: How is USTRANSCOM addressing critical supply chain challenges in the ever shifting geopolitical environment? Gen. McDew: Dynamic geopolitics and the varying geography of the Middle East present an ongoing challenge for logisticians and planners, not just across land distribution channels, but across air and sea routes as well. Various nations are vying for influence and power while violent extremist organizations and other agitators seek to undermine regional stability. Operations in land-locked locations like Afghanistan complicate delivery and create limitations on our distribution networks, which requires us to develop flexible options to fulfill requirements. Our relationship with the Department of State plays a significant role in helping us overcome challenges with authorities and diplomatic clearances. Although geostrategic challenges threaten our supply chains, USTRANSCOM leverages the global enterprise to deliver wherever and whenever required. In Gen. Darren W. McDew Commander U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE 12 | Armor & Mobility | August 2017

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