Preserving Peace and Freedom for the Nation
We remain resolute in our determination to preserve peace and freedom for America. Guided by the Army Vision, we are accomplishing our mission today while building the future force – of Soldiers, leaders, Army Civilians, Operating and Generating Forces, and the infrastructure that serves as our foundation – to ensure our ability to do so tomorrow.
We remain focused on tough questions that will remain at the center of the defense debate:
- What are the strategic requirements of the 21st Century? What decisions must we make now to fulfill our Title 10 obligation to ensure that the Army, as a vital component of America’s Armed Forces, is best prepared to defend U.S. interests in the face of traditional, irregular, catastrophic, and disruptive challenges?
- Are joint ground forces (Army, Marines, and Special Operations Forces) properly sized and structured to provide the capabilities needed to perform the missions the Nations will require?
- What additional actions are required to ensure that our forces are organized, manned, trained, and equipped to be relevant to, and ready for, the challenges they will face?
- How can we best prepare our leaders to become multi-skilled pentathletes able to operate with confidence amidst complexity and uncertainty?
- What will be the impact of protracted conflict on the All-Volunteer force? What combination of quality of life, compensation, incentives, service options, family programs, and other tools will be required to recruit, retain, and sustain the concept of the All-Volunteer force for the future?
- How do we ensure that our physical infrastructure (of installations, depots, arsenals, and the network which connects them) best supports our mission?
- How do we balance our resources to: provide quality of life to sustain our volunteers; maintain deployment facilities (air, ground, sea, rail, cargo, and other facilities) to support Combatant Commanders’ timelines; and establish a training and education base to prepare our Soldiers, leaders, and Army Civilians for the challenges they will face?
- How do we best leverage the human and financial resources we have provided to ensure that we remain the world's preeminent landpower?
- How can we accelerate the momentum we have established in recent years, in all of these areas, to properly position our force for the future?
Our continued effectiveness depends upon a national commitment to properly recruit, train, equip, and support the Army. We have received considerable support to execute current operations and to reset our forces. To provide for future readiness and to break our historic cycle of national unpreparedness, the Nation must invest prudently and predictably in defense, which it can afford to do.