Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy
What is it? The United States' global defense posture is represented in the size, location, types, and roles of forward military forces and capabilities. The ability to project power and undertake military actions beyond our border depends on it. Together with our overall military force structure, our global defense posture enables the United States government to assure allies, dissuade potential challengers, deter our enemies and, if necessary, defeat aggression.
What has the Army Done? The Army will realign 48,500 Soldiers between 2004-2011 and restructure overseas facilities to support the expeditionary nature of the transformed Army. We will retain a transformed, forward-stationed force in Europe and Korea.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The new global defense posture will be adapted to the new security environment by: 1) expanding allied roles, building new partnerships, and encouraging transformation; 2) creating greater operational flexibility to contend with uncertainty; 3) avoiding concentration of military forces in a few locations for particular scenarios; 4) focusing both within and across various regions of the world; 5) developing rapidly deployable capabilities; and 6) working from a different paradigm than in the past whereby effective military capabilities, not numbers of personnel and platforms, create decisive military effects and will enable the United States to execute its security commitments globally.
Why is this important to the Army? The Global War on Terrorism, in combination with other geopolitical circumstances, has led to important changes in the U.S. security and defense strategy. This new security environment requires a more global perspective. Changes in U.S. global defense posture are needed to support our existing commitments, to take account of our changing security relationships, and to make maximum use of the strategic potential of these relationships. The new posture will yield significant gains in military effectiveness and efficiency in future conflicts and crises and will enable the U.S. military to fulfill its many worldwide roles. The new posture will also have a positive effect on our military forces and families. While we will be moving toward a rotational and unaccompanied forward presence, these rotations will be balanced by more stability at home, with fewer overseas moves and less disruption in the lives of family members.