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We are executing The Army Plan, consisting of four overarching, interrelated strategies, to enable mission accomplishment and to achieve the Army Vision over time. This plan accelerates the redesign of the forces, support structures, and headquarters that are accomplishing our mission today. This plan also guides our initiatives to provide the Combatant Commanders the assets to protect the Nation today and tomorrow.

The Army is:


We are transforming to create a future force with a broad set of capabilities to enable our Soldiers to address strategic problems the Nation will face (See Figure 9).

The benefits of our approach are clearly evident in the attitudes and levels of commitment we see in our Soldiers, as well as the attributes of our combat formations, the forces that sustain them, and the facilities and business processes that generate them from their home stations. The combined effects of transformation, modernization, innovation, and improvement – reinforced by positive change in the attitudes and behaviors that create the culture of our service – are helping us to become the force the Nation will need to safeguard its peace and freedom in the 21st century.

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Examples of Unique Army Capabilities to Support Joint, Combined, and Interagency Operations

Countering Terrorism

  • Assist friends, allies, or partners to conduct military operations by providing logistics, command and control, intelligence, protection, and other support to the Joint Force.
  • Train military and security forces to counter extremist, radical, or insurgent elements.
  • Provide ground forces (conventional and special operations) to sustain large-scale counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations.
  • Rapidly deploy substantial numbers of ground forces from strategic distances to meet Combatant Commanders’ requirements for counter-terror or combat operations.
  • Conduct extended stability operations.

Defending the Homeland

  • Detect and prevent hostile actions against the homeland through the presence of the National Guard and the Army Reserve within states and communities.
  • Support civil authorities in consequence management, disaster relief, and other roles including: reinforcing public safety and providing logistics, transportation, communications, utilities management, engineering, and other services.

Shaping Choices of Countries at Crossroads

  • In support of Combatant Commanders, establish relationships with foreign leaders, forces, and people through: security cooperation, training, humanitarian and civil assistance, medical, engineering, exercises, and other national and international programs.
  • Seize control and defend key facilities or terrain to preclude actions by potential adversaries.
  • Conduct expeditionary operations to deter, destroy, or defeat potential adversaries.
  • Conduct extended campaigns to deter or prevent potential adversaries from engaging in protracted conflict with joint or U.S.-led coalitions of forces.

Preventing Acquisition of Weapons of Mass Destruction by State and Non-State Actors

  • Conduct irregular or unconventional warfare in support of the Joint Force.
  • Deny sanctuary and safe haven for terrorist groups.
  • Assist the forces of other nations to conduct operations against adversaries seeking to possess or transfer control of weapons of mass destruction.

While the problems we face will evolve, Soldiers’ “boots on the ground” will remain vital to our solutions.

Source: Strategic Problems drawn from 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, Office of the Secretary of Defense, February 2006.

Figure 9

The Army Plan is continuously improving our ability to operate as part of the Joint Team, while ensuring our ability to dominate in any environment against current, emerging, and unforeseen threats. We believe that every dollar spent to build capability for our current force is an investment in our future force. Our initiatives are guiding our efforts to:

Our ongoing intellectual and cultural transformation is dramatically improving how our leaders, Soldiers, civilian workforce, and families are adapting to the reality of protracted conflict. This transformation is reinforcing the commitment to continuous improvement that has taken hold across the Army.