Army Initiatives to Improve in Irregular Warfare (IW) Capabilities
What is it? The National Defense Strategy describes Irregular challenges as challenges coming from those employing “unconventional” methods to counter traditional advantages of stronger opponents. As the Army maintains its capabilities and capacity to defeat our adversaries in conventional warfare, our superiority in traditional warfighting has driven our adversaries to avoid direct military confrontation and pursue asymmetric approaches to achieve their strategic objectives. The 2006 QDR directs the Army to retain its superior conventional warfare capabilities and anticipates an increase in adversarial use of irregular challenges as part of the “Long War.” Therefore, we are analyzing and implementing initiatives to improve the Army’s ability to prevail against irregular challenges.
What has the Army done?
- The Army Strategic Planning Guidance 2005 directed establishment of an irregular challenges Focus Area (TRADOC, AWC).
- The Director of the Army Staff released for action the “Task Force Irregular Challenges Tasking Directive.”
- The Army led the Integrated Ground Based Capabilities Study during the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review which focused on IW implications for general purpose forces.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report, Strategic Planning Guidance for 2008-2013 and IW Roadmap will influence Army thinking in the development of solutions. The IW Roadmap directs the Services to develop capabilities and capacity to conduct and support protracted IW. Using these resources as a guide, the Army is conducting an analysis of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leader Development and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) to identify where we need to focus efforts to improve our IW capabilities to address emerging and future IW challenges.
Why is this important to the Army?
- The Army continues to transform from a current force build for traditional challenges into a future force capable of winning in any environment across the spectrum of conflict.
- Both current operations and the strategic environment demand that building IW capabilities and capacities will be at the heart of the Army’s transformation.
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