Defending one's country is not, of course, a uniquely American idea. Yet some still seem to wonder why tens of thousands of Iraqis volunteer for their security forces when it is known that doing so makes them targets of attacks by violent extremists; or why Afghans in growing numbers risk their lives and often the lives of their families to defy the terrorists in their country...They do it because they want to build better futures for themselves and their families and are willing to pay the cost. Those privileged to live in free countries are forever in the debt of those who make our freedom possible. (Transcript)
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
FY05 ARMY GAME PLAN
Each of the seven Game Plan Leadership Objectives identifies Leadership Priorities.
Objective #1 - Reinforce Our Centerpiece: Soldiers as Warriors
Leader Priorities -
o Reinforce soldier and leader awareness of Soldiers as Warriors as the centerpiece of our Army.
o Reinforce efforts to train Soldiers and grow leaders to exemplify the Warrior Ethos.
o Adapt training programs to reflect the contemporary operating environment, and reemphasize the human intangibles of combat - that no Soldier is unimportant on the battlefield.
o Prepare Soldiers and leaders to operate as members of teams and units able to act as "thinking organisms" - prepared to respond to "audibles" in dynamic situations through skill, agility, and teamwork.
o Achieve a proper training-education balance.
o Emphasize programs designed to prepare Soldiers and leaders to operate and make decisions in ambiguous environments - to make them more comfortable operating in a zone of discomfort.
o Reinforce efforts to prepare leaders to identify strategic implications of tactical situations.
o Set the example by establishing a command climate that fosters and upholds Army Values and inculcates the Warrior Ethos.
Objective #2 - Tell the Army Story Effectively
Leader Priorities -
o Foster a "culture of engagement" by seeking high payoff opportunities to communicate Army messages and themes to external stakeholders.
o Develop and execute strategic communications, command information, and properly coordinated Congressional engagement plans for your commands.
o Explore new, creative ways to bring media interfaces to the point of Soldier action.
o Create an expectation, encourage, and prepare subordinates to tell the Army story.
o Engage in outreach opportunities (prepare articles for professional and academic periodicals; participate in events sponsored by "think tanks" and other outreach and media initiatives that promote balanced, reasoned discourse on Defense issues).
o Provide tailored command information products to subordinate units, retirees, and authorized professional associations.
o Ensure Soldiers, families, and the civilian workforce understand and support Army messages and themes.
Stand To! will present the all Army Game Plan objectives this week or go to the source.
Source: FY05 Army Game Plan