Coalition Warfighting and Pacific AOR Interoperability
Joint and Coalition Warfighting in the Pacific AOR presents significant challenges that must be addressed and mitigated to enable successful operations. Operating similar equipment with similar TTPs simplifies logistics, allows for seamless coalition integration, and enables operations.
Mike Oates is from Kerrville, Texas. He retired from Lockheed Martin in June 2017 where he served as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defense from 2014-2017 and as Vice President, Army and Special Operations Programs in Washington, DC. From 2011-2014. He represented Lockheed Martin with senior officials in the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to advise on program and technology solutions to address warfighting capability gaps.
In 2011 LTG Oates retired from active duty in the U.S. Army after 32 years of service. He was commissioned in 1979 from the United States Military Academy as an Infantry Officer and commanded an airborne rifle company in Panama, a Light Infantry Battalion in 10th Mountain Division and an Air Assault Brigade Combat Team in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His last leadership positions in the U.S. Army include; Division Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Deputy Commanding General (Operations), Multi-National Division North (101st Airborne Division) (Air Assault), Commanding General, Multi-National Division Center/South (10th Mountain Division) and Fort Drum, NY, and Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, (JIEDDO) in Washington, DC.
Mr. Oates received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His military awards include 3 awards of the Distinguished Service Medal and 3 awards of the Bronze Star Medal. He has served 4 combat tours in Iraq and has been awarded the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist and Pathfinder badges.
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Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminars have focused on building an integrated fifth generation force. Recent seminars have evolved from the acquisition of new platforms to the process of shaping and better understanding the environment in which that integrated force will prepare and operate. In doing so they have, among other things, highlighted the challenges of making the strategic shift from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to higher tempo and higher intensity Joint operations involving peer competitors.
Within this context, the 2019/20 seminars will further develop the ideas associated with an increasingly sophisticated approach to Joint warfighting and power projection as we face increasing pressure to maintain influence and a capability edge in the region. In doing so, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation will continue to look at the evolution of the Australian Defence Force from the perspective of the sovereign lens and setting the conditions for future success.
The seminar in October 2019 is titled ‘The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’ and will examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must equip and organise for multi-domain operations.
In April 2020, we will expand on the theme and focus on ‘Preparedness for Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’. This seminar will explore the readiness, training and sustainment activities necessary to prepare for a broad range of possible contingencies in support of national security objectives, which might involve acting independently in the broader region.
Fifth generation manoeuvre will go hand-in-hand with the Australian Defence Force’s ability to orchestrate a rapid increase in tempo and open up new ways and means of projecting power and undertaking an indirect approach to warfare. Building upon the existing foundations of Australian Defence Force manoeuvre capability, the aim of the October seminar is to explore the differences in character and attributes of fifth generation manoeuvre and identify potential gaps in the way we must think, equip and organise to meet emerging national security outcomes.
The seminar will consider manoeuvre from a historical perspective and evolve the concept to the emerging policy and requirements of contemporary operations, especially as they relate to power projection and the emergence of the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain in its own right.
It will examine how we sense, make sense, and decide within the emerging operational environment and highlight the increasingly sophisticated and integrated relationship between the human and technology and the trusted autonomous systems which will characterise fifth generation operations.
The seminar will further examine the enduring requirement for situational awareness as a prerequisite for operational success, and the challenges of developing a broader understanding of the environment and communicating command intent to enable manoeuvre, especially when the electromagnetic spectrum is both contested and congested. Multi-domain command and control will be a critical enabler for fifth generation manoeuvre with communication and network resilience a fundamental consideration in force design and employment.
The seminar will also highlight the ongoing need to inculcate a fifth generation mindset into combat support and combat service support functions to better exploit the advantages of greater access and movement of information as well as the traditional physical enablers of manoeuvre. It will consider the role of critical infrastructure and geography and the opportunities and risks associated with the Australian operating environment.
The Sir Richard Williams Foundation has identified pre-eminent speakers from across the Australian and international defence communities, as well as inviting industry representatives to reflect the integral role they will play in the national framework of future operational capability.
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Integrating Coalition 5th Gen Expeditionary and Amphibious Forces
LtGen George J. Trautman
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