February 11, 2003
America’s armed forces are
the most powerful in the world. And America’s Army remains
the most respected landpower to our friends and allies and the
most feared ground force to those who would threaten the interests
of the United States.
Since before the birth of the Nation,
American Soldiers have instilled hope in a noble dream of liberty.
They have remained on point for the Nation through nine wars,
and the intervals of peace in the years between – defending
the Constitution and preserving freedom. Magnificent in their
selfless service, long in their sense of duty, and deep in their
commitment to honor, Soldiers have kept the United States the
land of the free and the home of the brave. This is our legacy.
Our Soldiers who serve today preserve it.
In October 1999, we unveiled our
vision for the future – “Soldiers, on point for the
Nation, transforming this, the most respected army in the world,
into a strategically responsive force that is dominant across
the full spectrum of operations.” The attacks against our
Nation on 11 September 2001 and the ensuing war on terrorism validate
The Army’s Vision – People, Readiness, Transformation
– and our efforts to change quickly into a more responsive,
deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable, and sustainable
While helping to fight the Global
War on Terrorism, The Army is in the midst of a profound transformation.
Readiness remains our constant imperative – today, tomorrow,
and the day after. Transformation, therefore, advances on three
broad axes: perpetuating The Army’s legacy by maintaining
today’s readiness and dominance; bridging the operational
gap with an Interim Force of Stryker Brigade Combat Teams; and
fielding the Objective Force to fight and win conflicts in the
years beyond this decade.
As they have throughout The Army’s
227-year history, Soldiers remain the centerpiece of our formations.
Versatile and decisive across the full spectrum of joint missions,
land forces have demonstrated time and again the quality of their
precision in joint operations. Our responsibility is to provide
Soldiers with the critical capabilities needed for the tough missions
we send them on.
After three and a half years of
undiminished support from the Administration and the Congress,
and the incredible dedication of Soldiers and Department of the
Army civilians, we have begun to deliver The Army Vision. With
continued strong support, we will win the war against global terrorism,
meet our obligations to our friends and allies, remain ready to
prevail over the unpredictable, and transform ourselves for decisive
victories on future battlefields.
We have achieved sustainable momentum
in Army Transformation; the framework is in place to see the Objective
Force fielded, this decade.
ERIC K. SHINSEKI
Chief of Staff
of the Army