Foreword | Executive Summary | 1.America's Army | 2.A Changed Army | 3.Resources | 4.Balancing Priorities | 5.Into the 21st Century | Acronyms

Foreword

For over 222 years, the United States Army has served the nation in peace and in war. America's Army is a Total Force consisting of the active Army, the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and civilian employees. It is the world's premier land combat force, trained and ready to answer the nation's call -- a full spectrum force.

America's Army is the nation's force of decision. The increased use during the post-Cold War era of U.S. land forces in response to crises around the world demonstrates an expanding reliance on Army capabilities in the execution of our national security strategy. Soldiers are the very foundation of our national military power. Soldiers on the ground signal resolve and affect lasting change. They help the United States shape the environment of the 21st century.

Increased operational commitments and the absolute requirement to remain prepared to fight and win the nation's wars demand an Army trained and ready to execute a wide variety of missions. At the same time, today's environment of limited resources requires that we identify trade-offs and make difficult decisions in order to balance readiness, modernization, quality of life, and an endstrength commensurate with the Army's increased role in executing the national security strategy.

The world environment will remain volatile as we enter the new millennium. Our nation must have a force capable of accomplishing missions across the full spectrum of military operations in order to provide stability in that world. Yet, while remaining trained and ready today, we must also prepare for the future. We are moving to field a land force capable of meeting the challenges of the coming century. Success in that future, as in the past, will depend on quality people. We will combine quality soldiers and civilians with high technology to ensure that the nation has the military capabilities it will need in the 21st century. America's Army will continue to be the nation's force of decision for today, tomorrow, and the 21st century.


Foreword | Executive Summary | 1.America's Army | 2.A Changed Army | 3.Resources | 4.Balancing Priorities | 5.Into the 21st Century | Acronyms

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