Friday, August 7, 2020

Stephen Farmen: partner nations need to invest in training and sustainment

Recommended

U.S. Air Force partners Hermeus to develop hypersonic military aircraft

On Thursday, aerospace company Hermeus has announced that it partnered with the U.S. Air Force and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate to work...

U.S. Air Force will increase flying operations over East Anglia

The 48th Fighter Wing will increase flying operations over East Anglia and the surrounding areas Aug. 11-13, according to a recent service press release. During...

U.S. Navy new Expeditionary Fast Transport ship completes acceptance trials

Austal USA shipyard announced that the future USNS Newport, the 12th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship built for the U.S. Navy has successfully completed...

Lockheed Martin receives $182 million for MH-60R Sea Hawk sonars

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for Airborne Low Frequency Sonars (ALFS). The...

U.S. Air Force F-16 flew its first-ever operational flight carrying new Legion Pod

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flew its first-ever operational flight carrying a new multi-function sensor system, according to Eglin Air...

Partner nations around the globe are investing billions in military equipment, a lot of that in the form of U.S. foreign military sales, or FMS, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen.

The problem is that a lot of that investment is in big-ticket items like helicopters and tanks, he continued, not the follow-on pieces of training and sustainment, he said, adding that’s a problem that keeps him up at night.

Farmen, commander, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, or USASAC, spoke at the Association of the United States Army’s Hot Topics seminar on “Army Sustainment,” June 29.


- ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW -

Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen

In his travels around the world, Farmen said he’s seen first-hand the big buys these countries make, but they’re now “in a hangover phase where they’ve underinvested in sustainment and training.

“My message to these countries is to double-down on sustainment and training,” he continued, explaining that without the training and sustainment, those big-ticket air and ground platforms will be worthless when the time comes to install new technology on them that will enable multi-domain battle and interoperability with the U.S. and its partner nations.

U.S. industry, as well as the Army’s own organic industry, could also benefit from an increase in sustainment investment, he added.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

Recommended

U.S. Air Force partners Hermeus to develop hypersonic military aircraft

On Thursday, aerospace company Hermeus has announced that it partnered with the U.S. Air Force and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate to work...

U.S. Air Force will increase flying operations over East Anglia

The 48th Fighter Wing will increase flying operations over East Anglia and the surrounding areas Aug. 11-13, according to a recent service press release. During...

U.S. Navy new Expeditionary Fast Transport ship completes acceptance trials

Austal USA shipyard announced that the future USNS Newport, the 12th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship built for the U.S. Navy has successfully completed...

Lockheed Martin receives $182 million for MH-60R Sea Hawk sonars

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for Airborne Low Frequency Sonars (ALFS). The...

U.S. Air Force F-16 flew its first-ever operational flight carrying new Legion Pod

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flew its first-ever operational flight carrying a new multi-function sensor system, according to Eglin Air...

TRENDING NOW

Related News

World’s largest airplane delivers military chassis from US to Israel

The Antonov AN-225 Mriya, the world's biggest fully operational plane, has landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel delivering Oshkosh military chassis from the...

U.S. Air Force F-16 flew its first-ever operational flight carrying new Legion Pod

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flew its first-ever operational flight carrying a new multi-function sensor system, according to Eglin Air...

Lockheed Martin awarded $34M contract for Korea’s F-16 life extension

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $34 million modification to contract for the Republic of Korea's F-16 aircraft life...

Royal Air Force fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets, from 6 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, intercepted Russian military aircraft while they were flying over the Baltic Sea. The Typhoons...