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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"This is a growing field ... We are about assuring maneuverability through cyberspace. You need to be able to go unobstructed, unimpeded to the information you need to know... It's time to come together as a team and make this an enterprise in support of the war fighter."

-Brig. Gen. Jennifer Napper, commander, 7th Signal Command (Theater), which is charged with centralizing the Army’s network in one location and providing access to LandWarNet capabilities that support Army forces in the states and in theater

New unit looks to defend Army in Cyberspace

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"Our deployments are never about my absence, but rather about our children. They are the true American heroes, like so many other families who are separated as their mothers or fathers serve our country and protect the ideals we instill in our children."

- Sgt. James Hill, an Army Reserve Soldier, whose family was randomly selected to be honored during the weekend Disney parade, has recently returned from his second deployment to Iraq

Disney World, 81st RSC salute military children

Editor's Note: April is Month of the Military Child

CALENDAR

2009: Year of the NCO

2009: Year of the Military Family

2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

April 2009:

- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

- Month of the Military Child

April 22, 2009: Earth Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Unified Quest

What is it?

Unified Quest is an integrated year-long campaign of learning consisting of seminars, studies and excursions, and culminating in the Army Future Game during May 3- 8 at the Center for Strategic Leadership at the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Built on the expertise of a broad array government officials, scholars, allies, and military leaders, Unified Quest examines questions of interest to the Army but yields answers of interest to all. The theme for Unified Quest 2009 is "sustaining balance in the future force" and this year's campaign has examined how the Army can rebalance itself to confront the complex challenges and hybrid threats of the
future as an agile, integral component of a "whole-of-government" approach.

What has the Army done?

Through its OEF and OIF experiences, the Army has developed an impressive competency in confronting irregular adversaries--one that it must maintain for the foreseeable future. Yet the Army must remain prepared to conduct operations across the spectrum of conflict, and Unified Quest is helping the Army achieve the appropriate balance of capabilities to do so.

What efforts does the Aarmy plan to continue in the future?

Several of this year's learning objectives are derived from the demands of OEF/OIF, and the results of the study will be as applicable to ongoing operations as they are to the future.

Specific examples include:

*Determining how to enhance the expeditionary quality of the generating force--the institutional component of the Army--so that it can lend its unique skills and expertise to the fight.

*Determining how the Army can enhance unity of effort with its interagency partners (with a special emphasis on interagency planning at the JTF-country team level).

*Determining how the Army can best enable, sustain, and support diverse military and civilian partners without a large, conventional force footprint.

Why is this important to the Army?

Unified Quest envisions plausible developments in the not-too-distant future to enable leaders to make hard choices about the commitment of resources. Unified Quest applies an interdisciplinary methodology to examine the most salient issues confronting the Army and our nation. The insights gained enable policymakers to provide full-spectrum capabilities in a resource constrained, ambiguous environment.

Resources:

Unified Quest Web site

TRADOC Web site

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