The nature of warfare will change in the 21st century as the divisions between the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war become less distinct. The principles and root causes of war, however, will not change, nor will the consequences of being unprepared to fight and win. The Army is moving today to conceive, shape, test, and field an Army prepared to meet the challenges of the coming millennium. America's 21st century Army will be a capabilities-based force, with the ability to conduct simultaneous and seamless operations across the spectrum of conflict.
Advancements in technology will change warfare in the 21st century. Soldiers, America's ultimate weapon, will still be required to close with and destroy the enemy, but emerging technologies will yield new combat capabilities. In fact, technological advances promise to revolutionize future battlefields in five key areas: lethality and dispersion, volume and precision of fire, integrative technology, mass and effects, and invisibility and detectability.
Increased lethality and the corresponding dispersion of forces will significantly change the complexion of the battlefield. The battlefield will remain bloody and dangerous, but as weapons of mass destruction and long-range precision strike weapon systems proliferate, soldiers and units will necessarily become more dispersed. Unit cohesion will become even more important and may be the difference between tactical victory and defeat. To remain capable of providing decisive victory in the emerging environment, America's Army must make major changes in tactics, organizations, doctrine, equipment, force mixes, and methods of command and control.
Future battlefields will also be characterized by significantly increased volume and precision of fires delivered at greater ranges. The Gulf War provided only the first glimpses of how the ability to deliver precise, high volume fires at extended ranges will affect the battlefield. Emerging technology will make the delivery of fires on future battlefields even more accurate and more lethal.
Integrative technologies will have a profound effect in digital communications, intelligence, global positioning and logistics. Technology will allow the commander to visualize the battlespace, the current state of friendly and enemy forces, weather and terrain. The commander will be able to visualize the desired end state and the steps to achieve it in a single system for planning, rehearsal, and execution.
Emerging technologies will allow future forces, though smaller in size, to be more capable of massing decisive effects. They will shoot more often, more accurately, and be better able to transit the battlefield because of improved mobility and communications. Cooperation between different levels of command will increase as advances in global positioning and other technologies enhance the effects of both direct and indirect fires. Units will be able to mass the effects of weapons due to better organization of flexible, tailored task forces. In the 21st century, battlefields will see greater integration of maneuver forces with artillery, engineers, aviation, and the forces of other services. Maneuver will be conducted by small, lethal, mobile and tailorable units. Advanced technology will maximize the benefits of maneuver by increasing the tempo of operations and improving the ability to function day or night and under adverse weather conditions.
As technology permits greater detection at extended ranges and
the delivery of fires from over the horizon, the need to become
less visible becomes increasingly important. The future land
force commander must make the battlefield more transparent for
friendly forces and more opaque to opponents. Increased control,
volume, range, and lethality of fires provides a distinct advantage
to the force that sees and understands the battlefield better
than its opponent. Enhanced situational awareness at all levels
from the individual soldier through senior commanders contribute
to achieving dominant battlespace awareness.
It is expected that there will be four types of military threat to the United States and its interests in the next century: information warfare; nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; standing armies of foreign powers; and irregular forces ranging from ethnic militias to terrorists.
The information warfare threat is genuine and world-wide. The global con-nectivity and openness of our national information infrastructure makes it vulnerable to interference. Whether at peace or war, U.S. forces can expect an adversary to use advanced technologies to damage, disrupt, or destroy information and communication systems - or the information residing in them.
Nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons are viewed as potential equalizers by states that cannot compete with the advanced technology, wealth, and military power of the United States. These weapons pose a deadly threat, and many potential adversaries are seeking to acquire them.
Standing armies of nations hostile to U.S. interests always pose a threat. Potential adversaries witnessed our awesome power in the Gulf War; however, most states recognize the military power of the United States and will likely try to avoid presenting a direct military challenge. If a military confrontation does occur, they are apt to seek asymmetrical responses designed to exploit perceived U.S. vulnerabilities, such as the sensitivity of the U.S. public regarding military casualties and weaknesses in our reliance on advanced technology.
Conflicts involving irregular forces could draw U.S. involvement.
Paramilitary forces, militias, rogue militaries, bandits, terrorists,
narco-criminals and other non-state threats can be the most challenging
threat. Except for terrorists and criminals, they rarely present
a direct threat to the United States, but their skills for creating
disorder in peripheral regions routinely result in calls for international
intervention. As entrepreneurs of conflict, irregulars usually
fight asymmetrically, limiting or even negating the U.S. military's
conventional and technological advantages. Such enemies fight
unrestrained by laws or ethical codes, while U.S. forces remain
bound by internationally accepted standards of conduct. The most
capable, adaptable weapon system for this environment is the highly
motivated, well trained, and well led American soldier.
As the Army prepares for the 21st century, some things will not change. America's Army will continue to be a values-based organization. The guiding beliefs which characterize the Army will still be described in one word: DUTY. Likewise, the professional qualities of commitment, competence, candor, compassion, and couragewill continue to undergird the belief in duty. These qualities will remain the foundation of our doctrine and of the unique American way of waging war.
The Army's fundamental purpose - fighting and winning the nation's
wars - will remain unchanged also. The Army will continue to
be involved in operations as diverse as humanitarian assistance
and peacekeeping, but success will depend on well trained, disciplined
soldiers who are ready for war. The bond between the Army and
the nation will also remain firm. We will continue to be partners
with the American people for national defense.
The Army Ethos
The Army ethos are the standards and ideals that distinguish,
characterize and motivate the Army. They inspire the sense of
purpose necessary to sustain soldiers in the brutal realities
of combat and help them deal with the ambiguities of military
operations where war has not been declared. The Army ethos are
succinctly described in the word "DUTY," which
means behavior required by moral obligation, demanded by custom,
or enjoined by feelings of rightness. Duty compels us
to do what needs to be done despite difficulty or danger. Contained
within the concept of duty, integrity and selfless service
give moral foundation to the qualities the ethos demand of all
soldiers. Integrity is the uncompromising adherence to
a code of moral values, the avoidance of deception or expediency
of any kind. Integrity provides the basis for trust and confidence.
Selfless service puts the welfare of the nation and the
accomplishment of the mission ahead of individual desires; it
leads to teamwork and unity of effort.
The core professional qualities of commitment, competence,
candor, compassion, and courage are the facets of the pro-fessional
soldier's character that undergird the ethos. Commitment is
dedication to serving the Nation, the Army, the unit, and one's
comrades; commitment is seeing every task to completion. Competence
is finely tuned proficiency that ensures success. Candor
is unreserved, honest expression. Mission accomplishment
and soldier lives depend on the honest answer delivered directly
and forthrightly. Compassion is basic respect for the
dignity of each individual. Courage, both physical and
moral, makes it possible for soldiers to fight and win in the
chaos of battle. Physical and moral courage can be the difference
between failure and success, whether in peace or in war.
The Army - Nation Bond
Committing the Army commits the Nation. No other single
gesture so readily demonstrates U.S. resolve as placing American
soldiers in harm's way. The Army's strength always has been,
and always will be, the American soldier. Soldiers are our most
important asset. An American soldier, on the ground, is the most
visible symbol of American determination and will. Committing
America's Army makes a strong statement that adversaries cannot
misinterpret. The Army makes the most significant investment
it can make to the nation's security by properly training, equipping,
and supporting our soldiers.
As the world enters the information age, the Army must stay ahead
of changes in warfare. The future force must be prepared to conduct
quick, decisive, highly sophisticated operations. It must also
be ready to execute peace operations and limited, often protracted,
operations against less sophisticated enemies. In the past five
years, the Army has accomplished much towards building a capable
and versatile 21st century army, but there is still much to do.
The Army fully intends to remain the world's most formidable
land force in the next century and has developed a plan to convert
that vision into reality by taking advantage of the revolution
in information technology. America's 21st century Army will integrate
emerging information technologies with sound doctrine, reinvented
organizations, and quality people to make a smaller force more
lethal, more survivable, more versatile, and more deployable.
Simply stated, Force XXI is a process that projects our quality soldiers into the 21st century and provides them the right doctrine, organization, training; and the best equipment, weapons, and sustainment our nation can provide. Force XXI is the Army's comprehensive approach to transforming an industrial age army to an information age army. The product of our Force XXI process will be a versatile army with the capabilities that America needs for the next century - Army XXI. The concept of Force XXI calls for major changes in philosophy, theory, materiel, and organization. The Army must change how we think about war, how we fight and lead on future battlefields, and how we succeed in military operations other than war.
Decisive victory in the 21st century will be achieved by dominating the enemy in speed, space and time, and by achieving and sustaining a high pace of continuous operations in all types of environments. Competitive advantage will derive from the quantity, quality, and use of information. Emerging information and digital technologies significantly enhance the Army's capabilities by creating a synergistic effect among weapons and organizations. In forging our 21st century Army, Force XXI will maximize the science of modern digital technology, the art of integrating doctrine and organization, and the skills of the Army's quality people. Force XXI is enhanced command and control capability. It is not overmatch in every conceivable weapon system. Force XXI looks at the capability to integrate all elements of combat power faster than an adversary.
Force XXI focuses on the following characteristics essential
to develop a smaller, more lethal and versatile 21st century Army:
quality soldiers, flexible doctrine, tailorability and modularity,
joint and multinational con-nectivity, versatility, and shared
Quality Soldiers. Quality soldiers will
remain as critically important in the 21st century as they are
today. Intelligent, physically fit, highly motivated, educated,
and well trained soldiers will be required to leverage
technology to its full potential.
Flexible Doctrine. The future strategic environment
possesses great potential for operations across the entire continuum
of conflict - from war, to lesser conflicts, to peace operations.
Leaders must have the skill to apply principles in ways as varied
as the scenarios presented. Through flexible doctrine, our leaders
and soldiers will be able to adapt tactics, techniques, procedures,
and organizations to meet requirements in the future.
Tailorability and Modularity.
Strategic lift limitations, other service capabilities, time limits,
and other factors require tailoring forces to meet the needs of
the joint force commander. Our 21st century Army will be modular
in nature to enable the tailoring of necessary force packages.
Modular forces will allow the generation, projection, and sustainment
of force packages for any contingency.
Joint & Multinational Connectivity.
Execution of operations throughout the battlespace demands the
use of all service assets. Likewise, political and military considerations
will require that most operations involve many nations and agencies.
The ability to pass information unhindered among the elements
of the joint or multinational force will be essential. Likewise,
the operational systems of all elements must be compatible.
Versatility. The requirement to be trained
and ready to fight and win remains the Army's absolute priority.
The Army also must be capabilities-based, with the ability to
conduct missions across the continuum. Future military operations
will be characterized by diversity and complexity. Our 21st century
Army must possess the requisite versatility to succeed in these
Shared Situational Awareness. Fast, precise
communications among all echelons of the force will greatly improve
situational awareness and agility of the force. Improved awareness
and agility, in turn, produce sig-nificantly better lethality,
survivability, com-mand and control, versatility, sustainability,
Horizontal Technology Integration
As the Army builds a 21st century force, it faces formidable challenges in mod-ernization. Advanced Technology offers significant operational advantages, but it is expensive and must be tested. When technological breakthroughs do occur, our Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) initiative allows the Army to capitalize on them and apply the improved capability across the force. The HTI approach simultaneously integrates and fields emerging technologies into different weapon systems and support platforms that work together. Integrating technologies across multiple systems improves warfighting capabilities and interoperability. The Army implements integration within the framework of existing structures and organizations and supports the evolving streamlined acquisition process developed by the Defense Department.
The Army's HTI activities break away from traditional and expensive vertical technology integration and materiel acquisition processes. Through new acquisitions, product improvements and system-component upgrades, we are integrating dissimilar systems. When we field common subsystems, we reduce operational and support costs by allowing standardization of components, simplified maintenance and more efficient use of manpower.
In our technology integration program, the Army is currently
applying technologies in four areas which will enhance both the
capability and survivability of the future force. One area, known
as "Own the Night," permits our forces to achieve
tactical surprise and maintain momentum around the clock. The
second, Battlefield Combat Identification, provides enhanced
situational awareness and reduces the risk of fratricide. A third,
Battlefield Digitization, ensures the right information
gets to the right warfighter at the right time. Fourth, the Suite
of Survivability Enhancement Systems, the newest HTI program,
capitalizes on technologies designed to enhance survivability.
The digitized battlefield is the cornerstone of the horizontal technology integration initiative. It is critical to ensuring America's Army remains the premier land combat force into the 21st century. Digitization is the application of information technologies to acquire, exchange, and employ timely battlefield information throughout the entire battlespace. It enables friendly forces to share a relevant, common picture of the bat-tlefield while communicating and targeting in real or near-real time. Digitization will enable the Army to collect and exploit battlefield information rapidly. It will reduce the "fog of war" and decrease decision-making time by optimizing the flow of command and control information. Digitization will allow commanders to synchronize effectively and mass combat power at the critical time and place - faster than any adversary can - thereby increasing lethality, survivability, and operational tempo while reducing the potential for fratricide.
The Army Digitization Office (ADO), formed in 1994, integrates digital information technology to ensure seamless digital communications from the sustaining base to the tactical and strategic levels. ADO analyzes elements of architecture, communications and integration, identifies requirements, and evaluates digitization efforts. The ADO also works closely with our sister services and coalition partners to ensure that digitization programs are interoperable.
The Army Enterprise Strategy supports digitization by unifying and integrating a wide range of command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) initiatives. The Enterprise Strategy integrates current doctrine and modernization plans for information systems and addresses the requirements to organize, train, and equip the force. It provides a framework for winning the information war, by focusing on Army information needs as a whole.
A key component of the Army Enterprise Strategy and to supplying warfighters with integrated information systems is the Army Enterprise Architectures. These architectures - Operational, Technical and Systems - define information exchange requirements, mandate and promote use of commercial standards and protocols, and ensure systems are interoperable. In recognition of this focus, the Army Technical Architecture was selected by the Defense Department as the baseline for development of a Joint Technical Architecture.
Command and control will be particularly critical in the high-tempo environment of the future battlefield. The Army Battle Command System (ABCS) is the umbrella architecture that supports the Army from the foxhole to the strategic level. The programs under ABCS -- Army Global Command and Control System (AGCCS) and Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) -- represent a comprehensive approach to automating command and control.
AGCCS consolidates the development of command and control programs
at echelons above corps and implements the Army's extensions to
the Global Command and Control System. ATCCS meshes the battlefield
command and control systems for commanders and their staffs from
corps to battalion and improves interoperability among Army, joint,
and allied systems. ATCCS has five systems in various stages
of development, testing, and fielding: the Maneuver Control
System will integrate all fire support, intelligence, air
defense, logistics, and maneuver information; the All Source
Analysis System is a computer-based threat integration intelligence
system that automatically receives, stores and integrates threat
information into intelligence products; the Combat Service
Support Control System provides timely situational awareness
and force projection information to determine the capability to
support current operations and sustain future operations; the
Advanced Field Tactical Artillery Data System provides
integrated, automated support for planning, coordinating, and
controlling all fire support assets; and the Forward Area Air
Defense Command, Control, and Intelligence System is an automated
means of providing timely target data to facilitate management
of the air battle.
The Battle Labs Program is essential to improve Army requirements and acquisition processes as we prepare for the 21st century. The Army has established six Bat-tle Labs; Early Entry, Mounted Battlespace, Dismounted Battlespace, Command and Control, Depth and Simultaneous Attack, and Combat Service Support. Each of them uses distributed interactive real, constructive, and virtual simulations. These simulations test options to ensure that Army resources are applied against initiatives that provide the best battlefield payoff. The Advanced Concepts and Technology II (ACT II) program allows industry to demonstrate promising technology and prototypes. Each Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) must sponsor and have at least one experiment performed at one of the battle labs. We then rapidly prototype promising technologies to the warfighting customer. The Army works as a team with the developer, user, and industry. This teamwork is critical in simulating, experimenting, and assessing advanced technologies and concepts and determining their potential for use in weapon systems, advanced warfighting concepts, and even organizational improvements.
In our Battle Labs, we can appraise options for joint and coalition warfighting. Our sister services have been active participants in a number of warfighting experiments. The British and German armies are establishing similar battle labs and intend to coordinate programs to ensure interoperability. These joint and coalition linkages provide a real world context in which to develop America's land combat force of the 21st century.
Battle Lab warfighting experiments begin with formal hypotheses derived from contemporary operations. They employ a progressive and iterative mix of constructive, virtual and live simulations, involving field soldiers and units in relevant, tactically competitive scenarios. They use a wide variety of warfighting experiments ranging from narrowly focused scenarios to comprehensive, detailed exploration of complex issues. The latter are called Advanced Warfighting Experiments (AWEs) and address the elements of doctrine, training, leader development, organization design, materiel and soldier system requirements.
AWEs have focused on specific force improvements.
Atlantic Resolve provided insights about linking disparate
constructive, virtual and live simulations in a "synthetic
theater of war." Theater Missile Defense explored
ways to integrate national, joint and Army capabilities into a
cohesive tactical missile defense force. Prairie Warrior/Mobile
Strike Force explored future division-level organizational,
materiel, and operational concepts that will influence division
redesign efforts. Focused Dispatch evaluated processes
and functions of digital connectivity in a mounted battalion task
force among fire support, intelligence, combat service support,
and battle command. Warrior Focus established the baseline
for digitization of dismounted battalion task forces and continued
to explore dismounted "own the night" issues.
The Army uses experimental forces to better understand issues
and to develop solutions under realistic conditions with field
soldiers and units. Designated as the Army's experimental force
on March 15, 1995, the 4th Infnatry Division (Mechanized) (EXFOR)
will be the Army's primary vehicle to experiment with information
age concepts and technologies. It will include all types of operational
forces so that its experiments will provide insights that will
benefit the entire Army. It will be organized around information
and information technologies. The EXFOR will conduct a brigade-level
exercise in February 1997 and a division exercise in November
1997. While the EXFOR will experiment with new technologies in
its training and exercises, the primary focus is new organization
design and battle command concepts.
Information Age Intelligence
With information age systems, Army intelligence will do much more than merely collect and process data. Information age technology creates the opportunity to detect, target, and attack enemy forces throughout the depth of the battlefield rapidly. Army intelligence operations will be a critical force multiplier, with requirements to simultaneously deny our potential adversaries access to our critical information, to gain intelligence through access and analysis of enemy information, and to engage in operations that will deny enemy use of command and control.
Intelligence in the 21st century Army will differ from the past
in five ways. First, commanders will drive intelligence needs
and must assume a central position in the intelligence process.
Second, intelligence synchronization will ensure intelligence
never stands as a separate entity but is synchronized with operational
objectives. Intelligence will provide complementary coverage
and be driven by operational timelines. Third, split-based
intelligence operations will provide efficient, tailored and
flexible intelligence support from multiple locations, including
nearby sanctuaries and home sta-tions in the United States. Fourth,
broadcast intelligence will allow the system to reach echelons
and headquarters simultaneously and efficiently. And finally,
through tactical tailoring, commanders will package and
sequence the intelligence necessary to conduct operations.
The Threat Spectrum Model will support future military operations
by reducing the uncertainty of potential threats and providing
analytical structure to current assessments and estimates. It
integrates general military intelligence with science and technical
intelligence for a qualitative, aggregate assessment of a threat
force's capability. In order to access patterns and capabilities
accurately, the Threat Spectrum Model depicts threats along a
spectrum from nonmilitary threats to traditional standing armies.
Army intelligence will support the 21st century Army with a tailored
architecture of procedures, organizations, and equipment focused
on a common objective and driven by the warfighter's requirements.
Support will be comprehensive and virtually seamless from tactical
to strategic level.
Theater Missile Defense
Ballistic, cruise, and air-to-surface missiles present a serious
and expanding threat to current and future operations. These
theater missiles can be technologically unsophisticated, inexpensive,
and capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. To counter
this threat, the Army is moving rapidly to field systems such
as the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3, Theater High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD), and the Corps Surface-to-Air (SAM)/Medium
Ex-tended Air Defense System (MEADS).
Theater missile defense, a joint operation, consists of four operational elements: attack operations; active defensive; passive defense; and battle management/ command, control, communications, and computers and intelligence.
Attack operations are offensive actions to destroy or disrupt enemy theater missile capabilities. In the mid to long-term, the improved Army Tactical Missile System, Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Comanche helicopter, and others will enable the ground commander to extend his reach, reduce sensor to shooter time, improve targeting accuracy, and significantly increase lethality.
Active defense destroys hostile theater missiles, airborne launch platforms, and unmanned aerial vehicles in flight. The Patriot PAC-3 will expand lower tier protected areas and provide increased lethality against enemy missiles. Similarly, for the upper tier, the THAAD system will provide full-range protection against incoming mis-siles both in and above the atmosphere.
For the maneuver force, we are developing an active defense option against very short range theater ballistic missiles. The Army, in unison with France, Germany, and Italy, is developing the Corps SAM/MEADS. Corps SAM/MEADS is the only programmed system capable of providing air and missile defense for Army and Marine maneuver forces.
Passive defense includes operational security, deception, early warning, survivability, and reconstitution measures to reduce the probability and vulnerability of a theater missile attack. Passive defense will be supported by the Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS), which provides a direct downlink into a theater of operations for launch detection warning and impact point prediction data from national level systems.
Battle Management/Command, Control, Communications, Computers
and Intelligence fuses disparate, geographically separate, active
defense, passive defense, and attack operations into a focused
effort under the Army Battle Command System. During the Advanced
Warfighting Exercise Theater Missile Defense in April 1995,
a prototype Theater Missile Defense Tactical Operations Center
demonstrated its ability to integrate the four elements of theater
National Missile Defense
Over fifteen developing countries possess ballistic missiles
and at least twenty-three countries are pursuing weapons of mass
destruction. In response to the emerging ballistic missile threat,
the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization has developed a joint
National Missile Defense (NMD) system architecture. The Army
is the Executing Agent for critical components of that architecture,
including the ground-based interceptor and ground-based radar
elements. The Department of Defense's NMD program is characterized
as a Deployment Readiness program, which during the next three
years will focus on developing the critical systems and technologies
to support a deployment decision. If, at the end of that three
year development effort, the ballistic missile threat warrants,
the U.S. could deploy an initial NMD system in three years. Based
on this "3 plus 3" program approach, an initial operational
capability could be achieved in approximately six years. This
initial NMD system, with the Army playing a critical role, would
be capable of protecting the U.S. against limited ballistic missile
As we enter the 21st century, the Army will continue to use space products. Space systems provide communications; weather and earth resource monitoring; reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; position, navigation, and digital mapping; missile defense warning. As we look to the next century, space products will help us turn a smaller Army into an even more effective national security asset.
The Army uses space products in virtually every operation. During Desert Shield, early operations were directly supported by graphical maps produced using LandSat imagery. During Desert Storm, satellite communications and navigation provided the land component commander a viable means of controlling the rapid movement of widely dispersed formations. The commander used real time weather data from polar orbiting satellites to anticipate weather effects. During UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti, space products provided deployed forces with critical video teleconferencing connectivity, near real-time intelligence reports, and high resolution maps.
Space - a force multiplier - is key to future warfighting missions.
Space systems enhance operations by providing timely situational
awareness. The Army will continue to organize and train forces
using space capabilities that make forces more responsive, flexible,
interoperable, and survivable. By aggressively exploiting space
products, the Army will maintain land force dominance in the
The Army's TeleMedicine program is a promising information-age capability. It provides around-the-clock medical consultation services. Current technology allows the transference of diagnostic quality images from deployed remote facilities to medical centers. It also allows video teleconsultation with diagnostic scopes (otoscope, endoscope, dermoscope, and oral camera) , high speed file transfer, telephone and facsimile support. Ongoing integration efforts are focused on adding digital stethoscopes, ultrasound, and film digitizers. It is already operational at remote deployment sites throughout the world. Since its initial use in Somalia, remote teleconsultation has been projected to Macedonia, Croatia, Haiti, and Kuwait.
TeleMedicine also allows clinicians in remote locations to confer with medical specialists located at medical centers around the world. This capability enables clinical specialty consultations, improved emergency trauma management, patient evacuation consultation, and continuing medical education. A new concept, Reverse TeleMedicine, will determine whether deployed physicians can continue management of their patients back at their home station.
TeleMedicine has two advanced technology goals. One, Worldwide
Consultation, will extend more medical assets to battlefield
medical treatment facilities by instantaneously connecting medical
officers in the field with specialty consultants in medical centers.
The second, Information Access, will integrate TeleMedicine
with established medical databases, such as the National Library
America's Army is committed to meeting the demands of the future. With its boots firmly planted in the realities of today's world, the Army is focused on the 21st century. The Army is looking to and planning for the future, while simultaneously responding to the nation's call both at home and abroad. The information age is upon us, and the Army is changing to meet the challenges of this new era. The Army must harness the technology that fuels the information explosion to successfully transform itself from the premier Cold War, industrial-age army to the premier 21st century information-age army. The Army must make this transformation while remaining trained and ready to respond to the nation's call.
We know the capabilities the Army needs in the next century.
We have developed a plan to convert that vision into reality.
The Army's leaders are committed to forging a 21st Century army
- one that is organized, equipped, and manned to maximize the
power of the information age.
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