Global Force Posture Realignment
What is it? Global Defense Posture Realignment (GDPR) 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 GDPR the Army has started repositioning ground forces to meet the needs of Combatant Commanders. In Phase I of GDPR, 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 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, which will be enduring, large sites with permanently stationed service members and their families; forward operating sites, which will be smaller but expandable sites that can support rotational forces; and cooperative security locations, 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 Terror, 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.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.