"I think it's very important that we not let the success here in Afghanistan slip away from us and that we keep the initiative. There is no reason for us to sit back and let the Taliban regroup and threaten the progress that has been made here." -Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference aboard an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on his trip to Afghanistan, January 17.
Global Force Posture
What is it? Global Force Posture encompasses more than simply forward bases and personnel. It includes a cross-section of relationships, activities, facilities, legal arrangements, and global sourcing and surge. Taken together, these five elements of global force posture support our security cooperation efforts and, when needed, enable prompt global military action.
What has the Army done? As part of the Global Force Posture Realignment the Army has started repositioning ground forces to meet the needs of Combatant Commanders. In Phase I, Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS), the Army capitalized on operational deployments in our effort to re-posture Army capabilities to support the expeditionary force. This allowed us to divest Cold War era infrastructure and create the infrastructure required for the foreseeable future. As we enter Phase II of IGPBS - now known as Global Defense Posture and Realignment (GDPR) - we are enhancing key enabling and deployed logistics capabilities to quickly respond to unforeseen contingencies. We are consolidating activities by leveraging information technology and advances in supply chain management. We are also reengineering our business processes to eliminate waste.
What efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Global posture actions are balanced and continuously adjusted against requirements to support the warfight. In conjunction with the other services, the Army is in the process of transforming its posture abroad into a network of three types of locations: main operating bases (MOB), which will be enduring, large sites with permanently stationed service members and their families; forward operating sites (FOS), which will be smaller but expandable sites that can support rotational forces; and cooperative security locations (CSL), which will be small rapidly expandable sites with little or no permanent U.S. presence.
Why is this important to the Army? The new overseas posture is intended to position U.S. forces to better conduct the Global War on Terrorism, ease the burden of the post 9/11 operational tempo on members of the armed forces and their families, and improve the U.S. ability to meet its alliance commitments while making these alliances more affordable and sustainable. Our comprehensive changes to global posture will yield significant gains in military effectiveness and efficiency in future conflicts and crises.