The US Army and Great Power Competition: A Speech by the US Secretary of the Army

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During his visit to London, US Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, will provide opening remarks at RUSI and take questions from the audience.  The session will be chaired by Peter Roberts.  This event will take place virtually and is open to all.

The US Army has been radically altering its approach for the last 5 years, shifting from counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations to preparedness for high intensity conflict in an era of Great Power competition.  Within this, the modernisation of the force, its structure, processes, and outlook have all changed markedly.  The US Army is also at the spearhead of conceptual thinking about How to fight: developing the idea of Multi Domain Battle, the doctrine that underpinned wider US Department of Defence thinking around the 2017 US National Security Strategy.  One of the key challenges for NATO allies is how to keep up with the pace of change, and the speed of operations which US forces envisage conducting military and training operations.

During his visit to London, US Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, will make a speech at RUSI and take questions from the audience.  The session will be chaired by Peter Roberts.  This event will take place virtually and is open to all.

Speakers Biography

Ryan D. McCarthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sept. 26, 2019, and sworn in as the 24th secretary of the U.S. Army, Sept. 30, 2019. McCarthy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed as the 33rd under secretary of the Army, Aug. 1, 2017.

As secretary, he has statutory responsibilities for all matters relating to the U.S. Army, to include the recruitment, organization, training, equipping, and care of 1.4 million active duty, National Guard, Reserve Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and their Families.

Prior to his confirmation as the under secretary of the Army, McCarthy worked for Lockheed Martin Corporation in sequential vice president roles responsible for the sustainment, customer solutions and program integration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the company's global security policy.

McCarthy previously served as the special assistant to the 22nd Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, under Presidents Bush and Obama, where he advised as the secretary's representative to the White House, Congress, National Security Agencies and other Foreign Governments. He also served as the special assistant to the under secretary of defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics and was responsible for policy development and coordination with the joint staff and uniformed services acquisition leaders on procurement and supply chain management policies. He also served as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations. Prior to his legislative experience, from 2002 to 2005, he worked as the vice president of Commercial Financing for the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation.

McCarthy proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2002 and was involved in combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 75th Ranger Regiment, U.S. Special Operations Command.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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