STAND TO!

Edition: Fri, June 17, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

...it is the United States Army that, every day, is going on the offensive against the violent extremists who killed 3,000 men, women and children on September 11th, 2001. They've had to serve not just as soldiers, but as diplomats; not just as warfighters, but as peacekeepers. And with every new challenge, they have demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion. (transcript)

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

FM 1: THE ARMY - CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE JOINT FORCE

As technologies have evolved, the context for Army operations has changed from Service independence through joint interoperability to joint interdependence.

Joint interdependence means each Service depends on the others and on the joint force for key capabilities. It is the purposeful combination of Service capabilities to maximize their total complementary and reinforcing effects while minimizing their relative vulnerabilities.

The challenges of the security environment, complexity of unified action, and capabilities required to conduct full spectrum operations make joint interdependence imperative.

At the strategic level, joint interdependence allows each Service to divest itself of redundant functions that another Service provides better. Interdependence allows the Army to focus on developing capabilities that only land forces can provide. The combination of multiple and diverse joint force capabilities creates military effects more potent than the effects produced by any Service alone.

Army forces further enhance their effectiveness through close coordination with interagency partners. By understanding the capabilities of other agencies, commanders can add diplomatic, informational and economic depth to their military efforts.

Synchronizing military power with other instruments of national power substantially improves the joint force's strategic capabilities.

Source: FM 1, chapter 3

CALENDAR

June 17, 2005
Today, the Military Channel will air a three-part special "Best Ranger" competition at 12 and 3 p.m. EDT. (Story)

Tonight, the Military Channel will air episode "Hyperwar" in Fields of Armor at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

The NHRA Drag Racing "K&N Filters SuperNationals" will be held from June 17 to 19 in Englishtown, New Jersey. The 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Points Champion Tony Schumacher will continue to defend his title.

June 18, 2005
Professional Bull Riding gets under way from June 18 through 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike Lee, Army-sponsored 2004 Professional Bull Rider World Champion, will ride this weekend.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers, will perform aerial acrobatics on June 18 and 19 at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Airshow on Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

FitTV will air episode "Best Ranger Challenge" in Peak Performance at 10 p.m. EDT.


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