• Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the DoD.

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    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution...

  • Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, participates in a conference call in Monterey, Calif., with a Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center staff member deployed in Afghanistan on May 13.

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    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, participates in a conference call in Monterey, Calif., with a Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center staff member deployed in Afghanistan on May 13.

  • Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the DoD.

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    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution...

  • Military students in class at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center's in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The present facilities at the DLIFLC accommodates approximately 3,500 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, as well as select DoD members and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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    Military students in class at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center's in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The present facilities at the DLIFLC accommodates approximately 3,500 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, as well as select DoD...

  • Dr. Wendy Tu, Broadband Language Training System manager, with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Centers briefs Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, on her program in Monterey, Calif., May 13. BLTS is a new distance-learning program dedicated to delivering real-time foreign language training to non-resident DoD linguists via broadband.

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    Dr. Wendy Tu, Broadband Language Training System manager, with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Centers briefs Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, on her program in Monterey, Calif., May 13. BLTS is a new distance-learning...

  • Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the DoD.

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    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, addresses approximately 1,000 military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Secretary of the Navy's Guest Lecture series in Monterey, Calif., May 13. The NPS is an academic institution...

  • Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, listens to a brief on the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center's latest technology enhanced language training at Monterey, Calif., May 13. DFLIC is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the nation. The Institute provides resident instruction in 24 languages and several dialects, five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night.

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    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, listens to a brief on the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center's latest technology enhanced language training at Monterey, Calif., May 13. DFLIC is regarded as one of the finest schools for...

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 14, 2010) Naval Postgraduate School students, staff and faculty gathered to see Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey offer a hopeful and focused look at the future of the Army as part of the big picture for our military. During his visit on May 13 as a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecturer, Casey expressed his gratitude for the men and women in uniform, and the challenges they continue to face.

Aca,!A"The quality of the young men and women coming into todayAca,!a,,cs army is as good as itAca,!a,,cs ever been and I couldnAca,!a,,ct be prouder. Because they all come in knowing that they are going to war."

Casey addressed the NPS community with the current state of the Army, and the direction of change being taken for the coming years. He touched on the idea that we are in a current state of Aca,!A"persistent conflictAca,!A? with enemies continually attacking in new ways, requiring the armed forces to rise to meet the need.

Aca,!A"A lot of people talk about how slow the Army was to change,Aca,!A? said Casey. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cve gone from a force that knew relatively little about counter-insurgency as an institution in 2003/2004, to being the best counter-insurgency force in the world. Bar none. In a five-year period. And IAca,!a,,cve been very impressed with how the Army has changed and adapted. I think itAca,!a,,cs a credit to the young men and women who have been leading this change."

Coinciding with the 7th Annual Acquisition Symposium, Casey echoed the sentiments of Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work, emphasizing the importance of acquisition systems to the success of the Armed Forces.

Aca,!A"We recognize that we need to get the most value out of our acquisition systems,Aca,!A? said Casey, Aca,!A"And so weAca,!a,,cre looking very, very hard at that and I think all of the services are. ItAca,!a,,cs hugely important as we go ahead. We recognize that we have to be good stewards of the taxpayersAca,!a,,c money.Aca,!A?

Adding to the demand, the services are stepping up to help others, creating a global need for competent leaders. As a former foreign area officer, Casey understands the need for officers to not only be experienced as Soldiers, but also as culturally astute leaders creating better understanding across boundaries. After eight and a half years of war, our nation and our military continue to feel the effects. In these times of need, institutions like NPS and the Defense Language Institute become key to creating military leaders that will carry the services into the future.

Aca,!A"Because of the complexities that we see in the environment weAca,!a,,cre facing A,A!A,A!- and itAca,!a,,cs only going to get more complex as we go to the future-we need leaders of character and competence who are supremely competent in their core proficiencies and broad enough to do a range of things. Because when you have a complex task, people get befuddled by it,Aca,!A? explained Casey. Aca,!A"When they are befuddled, they donAca,!a,,ct act. And itAca,!a,,cs the leader that needs to grasp the situation and chart a course through the complexity. And if heAca,!a,,cs not competent and confident, and broad enough to think his way through tough problems, then we wonAca,!a,,ct get what we need to get. So we feel very strongly that leadership is going to be key to our continued success in the 21st century security environment.Aca,!A?

Casey has served in the Armed Forces for 40 years, and has seen a number of changes during that time. He has served around the world and commanded at every level from platoon to division. His experience allows him to not only connect with Soldiers, but to understand the risks they take and the sacrifices they make to ensure our national security.

Casey acknowledged the struggle that will continue on as we face enemies with ever-changing tactics. He expressed full confidence in the quality of those serving in the Army, and of the ability to meet the needs of the future.

Aca,!A"TodayAca,!a,,cs Army is a values based, combat seasoned, professional force,Aca,!A? added Casey. Aca,!A"And itAca,!a,,cs the best in the world at what it does. And I couldnAca,!a,,ct be prouder of the men and women that make it up.Aca,!A?

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