The Army, like the American people, remains committed to preserving freedom.
As we have for over 226 years, we will continue to win our Nation's wars.
Contrary to the expectations of some, the post-Cold War period has not
seen a reduction in the demands placed on Soldiers on the ground. In fact,
in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union, the international security
environment has underscored the importance of ongoing commitments and
highlighted new requirements for The Army. These increased demands have
intensified the competition for resources and reduced needed investments
in people, systems, platforms, and research and development. Unless redressed,
risks incurred from this resources shortfall could undermine The Army's
ability to satisfy national security requirements. At the same time, the
war on terrorism, the requirement to secure the homeland, and the need
to maintain readiness for possible near-term contingencies have validated
the need for a new kind of Armya
capabilities-based ground force that can fight and win battles across
the full spectrum of military operations. We are accelerating Army Transformation
to achieve these capabilities. The Army cannot predict what other changes
the future will bring, but what will not change is the need for our Nation
to have the best trained, best led and best equipped Soldiers on the ground,
deployed rapidly at precisely the right time, the right place, and with
the right support structure as part of a joint military team.
Soldiers on Point for the NationPersuasive
in Peace, Invincible in War