The 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) established a new strategic framework for the defense of the Nation that struck a balance between near-term readiness and our ability to transform ourselves in order to meet current and future conflicts. The report outlined a new operational concept that gives continued priority to homeland defense, promotes deterrence through forward presence, and asks that we have the ability to conduct both smaller-scale contingencies and large scale, high-intensity combat operations simultaneously.
Our Soldiers can defeat enemy armies, seize and control terrain, and control populations and resources with minimal collateral casualties and damage. They can operate across the spectrum of military operations, whether it is full-scale conventional conflict, fighting terrorists, or setting the conditions for humanitarian assistance. This multifaceted ground capability enables us to assure our allies and friends, dissuade future military competition, deter threats and coercion, and, when necessary, decisively defeat any adversary.
As The Army continues to work with other departments, agencies, and organizations, emerging requirements that are not fully defined in the 2001 QDR may require additional resourcing, whether technological, logistical, or force structure. Despite ten years of downsizing, The Army has accomplished all assigned missions to a high standard. In short, we are doing more with less, and the strain on the force is real. Our Soldiers continue to give us more in operational readiness than we have resourced.
While we fight and win the global war on terrorism, The Army must prepare itself to handle demanding missions in the future strategic environment. Over two years ago, The Army undertook transforming itself into a force that is more strategically responsive and dominant at every point on the spectrum of military operations. We have gained insight from previous deployments, operations, and exercises, along with leading-edge work in Army Battle Labs, joint and Army warfighting experiments, and wargames. With this insight, The Army embarked on initiatives to assure its dominance in a new contemporary operational environment by deterring and defeating adversaries who rely on surprise, deception, and asymmetric warfare to achieve their objectives against conventional forces. The attacks of 11 September 2001 and our subsequent operations overseas validated The Army's Transformation. If anything, 11 September provided new urgency to our efforts. Thus, we are accelerating Transformation to give our commanders the most advanced capabilities they need to ensure that we have the best led, best equipped, and best trained Soldiers for the emerging global environment. And to mitigate risk as we transform to meet future requirements, we will prioritize among the imperatives of meeting existing threats, safeguarding our homeland, and winning the war against terrorism.
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