"The Army's new concept of support is critical to our ability to build a campaign-quality force with joint and expeditionary capability."
-The 2006 Army Posture Statement
What is it? Expeditionary Capabilities provide the Army with the ability to rapidly deploy anywhere, at any time, in any environment, against any adversary, to accomplish the assigned mission. The new strategic context of continuous operations renders obsolete the old Army readiness paradigm of "all ready, all the time." Continuous, full-spectrum expeditionary operations are the new reality. The Army is developing a process of force generation to provide Combatant Commanders and civil authorities with rapidly deployable, employable and sustainable force capabilities packages tailored to specific mission requirements.
What has the Army done? The Army, in conjunction with the other services, must continue to seek improved airlift and sealift capabilities that will enable insertion of Brigade Combat Teams in austere settings (not relying on Air and Sea Ports of Debarkation), with minimal requirement for Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration. Strategic responsiveness is enhanced through improving the ability to deploy rapidly to austere fighting environments, fight on arrival throughout the battlespace and sustain operations until victorious. These initiatives include:
- Establishing a comprehensive Army Force Generation process to provide Combatant Commanders and civil authorities with rapidly deployable and employable Army forces.
- Resetting Army prepositioned equipment sets into modular configurations.
- Building modular capabilities that improve theater force reception and logistics connectivity and distribution capability in the Brigade Combat Teams.
- Identifying and improving infrastructure at critical power projection installations to support mobilization, demobilization and rapid deployment.
- Updating institutional processes to prepare forces for rapid deployments and to support forces in sustained expeditionary operations.
For more information on this topic, please go to Addenda J, Expeditionary Capabilities http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/02.html
March 8 - The Future of Transatlantic Security Relations, co-sponsored by the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University and the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, College Station Texas. For more information: http://bush.tamu.edu/transatlantic/