This is the second of an eight part series highlighting critical elements of the 2008 Army Posture Statement.
Challenges of providing forces with the right capabilities
The Army recruits, organizes, trains and equips Soldiers who operate as members of joint, interagency and multinational teams; provides logistics and other support to our joint and interagency partners; and supports civil authorities in times of national emergencies. For this, we are building an expeditionary and campaign-quality Army. Our expeditionary Army is capable of deploying rapidly and conducting operations in any operational environment, anywhere in the world, and sustaining operations as long as necessary.
Our current focus is on preparing forces and building readiness for counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite this current and critical mission, the Army also must be ready to provide the combatant commanders with the forces and capabilities they need for operations ranging from peace-time military engagement to major combat operations. Examples of Army capabilities and recent or ongoing operations other than combat include the following:
- Supporting the defense of South Korea, Japan, and many other friends, allies and partners
- Conducting peacekeeping operations in the Sinai Peninsula and the Balkans
- Conducting multi-national exercises that reflect our longstanding commitments to alliances
- Continuing engagements with foreign militaries to build partnerships and preserve coalitions by training and advising their military forces
- Participating in securing our borders and conducting operations to counter the flow of illegal drugs
- Supporting civil authorities in responding to domestic emergencies, including natural disasters and threats at home and abroad
- Supporting interagency and multi-national partnerships with technical expertise, providing critical support after natural disasters, and promoting regional stability
- Supporting operations to protect against weapons of mass destruction and block their proliferation
We must ensure that units and Soldiers have the right capabilities to accomplish the operations that we will conduct in the 21st century. Continuous modernization is the key to enhancing our capabilities and maintaining a technological advantage over any enemy we face. We never want to send our Soldiers into a fair fight.
Future Combat Systems (FCS) are the core of our modernization effort and will provide our Soldiers an unparalleled understanding of their operational environment, increased precision and lethality, and enhanced survivability. These improved capabilities cannot be achieved by upgrading current vehicles and systems. FCS will use a combination of new manned and unmanned air and ground vehicles, connected by robust networks, to allow Soldiers to operate more effectively in the complex threat environments of the 21st century. FCS capabilities currently are being tested at Fort Bliss, Texas. They are proving themselves valuable in the current fight and are being fielded to our Soldiers in Iraq.
2008 Army Posture Statement (full version)
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
Conflict has always been a human endeavor; the human nature of 21st century conflict makes LAND POWER essential for victory. YOU are this nation's LAND POWER. Read your doctrine. FM 3-0. Coming Feb. 28.