In this episode of the MWI Podcast, John Amble is joined by Dr. Casey Wardynski, the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. His office has a remarkably wide portfolio, and the work they do touches the careers and lives of soldiers, Army civilian employees, contractors, family members—virtually everybody in the Army enterprise. He and his staff, for example, have to grapple with challenges like how the Army can recruit the people it needs—not just the right number of soldiers, but the right number of the right soldiers. He discusses that challenge and some of the broader economic and social dynamics that have reshaped employment in the private sector for decades, but which the Army must also adapt to. And he explains the major changes the Army is making to the way it manages talent—many of our listeners will be using parts of that new system in the months to come.

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Image credit: Sgt. Henry Villarama, US Army