Today’s D Brief: AUSA week; CNO, live; Esper, graded; N. Korea’s big new ICBM; And a bit more. – Defense One

It’s a big week for the U.S. Army, whose annual Association of the United States Army expo has gone digital with multiple live streams planned across all four conference days, starting today and ending Friday morning. 

What we’re watching for today: 

  • 9 a.m. (ET): A roundtable with Army officials on the service’s growing Security Force Assistance Brigades.
  • 10:45 a.m.: A sort of “big picture” press conference with Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville.
  • 12:30 p.m.: An expert session on the U.S. defense industrial base; plus a press conference with service officials on largely the same topic at 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:15 p.m.: A press conference about Army readiness; and more.

Find the week’s full AUSA agenda here; details and registration, here.

Watch the CNO live @ 11 a.m. Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, gives his first interview since the U.S. Navy’s Battle Force 2045 fleet plan rolled out on Oct. 6. Gilday’s live interview is the final event of Defense One’s State of Defense series; stick around afterward for a discussion between Naval War College professor Sam Tangredi and Jill Rough, who has 25 years of naval and natsec experience. There’s a free registration that’s required, after which you can ask questions of the CNO that we may select from the chat box. Join the conversation, here 

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