Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command United States Army

Lieutenant General Ken Tovo culminated his 35-year military career in 2018, serving as the commander of the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). He was responsible for manning, training, equipping, and providing strategic direction to all the Army’s Special Operations forces (Green Berets, Rangers, Special Ops Aviation, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations), a combined organization of over 34,000 people.

 

He began his service in the Infantry upon graduation from the US Military Academy in 1983. After serving his initial tour with the 82nd Airborne Division, Tovo completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and transferred to the Special Forces branch. He served as a Special Forces detachment, company, battalion, and group commander in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

 

Tovo’s additional assignments included serving as a plans and operations officer with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta and Joint Headquarters Center (NATO); aide de-camp to the commander, Stabilization Force, Bosnia; Chief of Staff, USASOC; Deputy Commanding General, Special Operations Command Europe; Director, Special Operations Division-Iraq; Deputy Commanding General, 1st Armored Division/U.S. Division Center, Iraq; Commanding General, Special Operations Command Central; Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan; and Deputy Commander, US Southern Command in Miami, Fla.

 

LTG Tovo’s operational assignments include the first Gulf War, refugee relief operations in Northern Iraq, noncombatant evacuation operations in Sierra Leone, peacekeeping operations in Bosnia on two occasions, five tours in Iraq, and one tour in Afghanistan.

 

            He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, an MS in Advanced Military Studies from the US Army Command & General Staff College, and a MS in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.

He is the President & CEO of DOL Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm focused on providing advice on strategic planning, risk management, and organizational effectiveness and serves on the board of several companies.

            Ken and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for 34 years. They raised two sons who both serve the Nation – one as a Special Forces officer and the other as a high school English teacher.

CONFERENCE DAY ONE (25 February): VISION 2030

Tuesday, February 25th, 0020

4:00 PM UNMANNED SYSTEMS WITHIN THE FUTURE ROTARY MIX

  • How will unmanned systems support the future manned helicopter platform?
  • To what extent can unmanned rotary systems operate autonomously?
  • How might the unmanned system gap-fill for the manned platform in the high-threat, contested environment?
  • Can the survivability of those platforms be high enough?

CONFERENCE DAY TWO (26 February): WARFIGHTER READINESS - CURRENT OPS

Wednesday, February 26th, 0020

9:45 AM SENIOR LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION: VERTICAL LIFT TODAY AND TOMORROW

  • As our helicopter forces look to the future, how can we effectively manage the capability gap to sustain readiness rates and ensure the continued deployability of our helicopter forces?
  • Where does the helicopter sit within the joint force of today? How is the role of this vital enabler likely to change for the future?
  • What does the capability mix look like for the future? What should the balance be between survivability and stealth, and what are our expectations of a “multi-role” platform?
  • What will the role of unmanned systems be within the future force structure?

3:30 PM Q&A: REFINING THE REQUIREMENT FOR NEXT-GENERATION HEAVY LIFT

  • Survivability considerations for the non-combat platform. Refining the requirements for reach and range
  • The limits of the multi-role concept for non-combat platforms.
  • How deployable are utility platforms in a complex or contested operating environment?

4:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: HELICOPTER OPERATIONS IN THE FUTURE LAND ENVIRONMENT

  • Refining the force structure to meet the future requirements for airborne assault operations. To what extend are we moving away from large-scale deployments and towards the targeted application of helicopter forces?
  • Adapting to cope with the multi-domain battlespace
  • The helicopter force as a vital enabler for future land operations
  • Delivering lethality and survivability for future air assault and attack helicopter forces.
  • Networking with friendly forces on the ground to enhance threat awareness and limit risk

CONFERENCE DAY THREE (27 February): PLATFORM READINESS

Thursday, February 27th, 0020

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Lieutenant General Kenneth.

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