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NEWS | Oct. 3, 2019

Army North to take stage, highlight mission at 2019 AUSA meeting

By Capt. Desiree Randle U.S. Army North Public Affairs

Are you curious about the current state and future plans of the U.S. Army? Mark your calendar to tune into livestream panel discussions from the 2019 Association of the United States Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14-16.

AUSA, an educational and professional development association that serves the U.S. Army, organizes the forum to feature Army capabilities and provide informative and relevant presentations on all things Army for governmental, academic, civic and veteran audiences.

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, Army North commanding general, will join two panel discussions during the AUSA meeting. The Multi-Domain Homeland Defense panel will highlight Army North's top priority, homeland defense. After opening comments by David P. Pekoske, the Department of Homeland Security's acting Deputy Secretary, the discussion will focus on the Army's defense of the nation at home across several domains -- ground, cyber, and space, to be ready for today's threats while investing in modernization and readiness for tomorrow.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Theresa Whelan, U.S. Northern Command deputy commander Vice Adm. Michael J. Dumont, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command commander Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, and Cyber National Mission Force deputy commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Hager will join Richardson in discussing how the Army is postured to defend the homeland.

The second panel, America's Disaster Response: The Army's Preparedness for a Complex Catastrophe, will be co-hosted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The discussion will detail the importance of unity of effort between the Army and local, state and federal partners during a complex disaster response.

Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistant Administrator of Response Directorate Damon Penn, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and DSCA Robert G. Salesses, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite and Lt. Gen. Richardson will discuss how the Army should evolve to respond to complex catastrophes in the United States.

As the Army component of U.S. Northern Command, Army North protects the homeland and its approaches through three main mission sets: homeland defense, defense support of civil authorities and theater security cooperation with the militaries of Canada and Mexico. Coined the "Strength of the Nation," Army North collaborates with intergovernmental partners to plan, prepare, and protect the nation from an array of threats and hazards, securing the safety of the American people and key infrastructure.

To see the general speak at AUSA's meeting, livestream panel discussions at