The Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Thank you for holding these men and women tight for all those years, but most of all, thank you for letting them go, so that they can serve this country and protect and defend this great nation that we all love. In these Soldiers - your sons and daughters, your spouses, siblings and parents -- we see the very best America has to offer."
- First Lady Michelle Obama, praised the families of the graduating Soldiers for encouraging their loved ones to serve, during her visit and speech at the graduation of 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment on Hilton Field, Fort Jackson
First Lady Michelle Obama visits Fort Jackson
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Sometimes I miss being an NCO. I miss the responsibilities of taking care of Soldiers and making sure missions get accomplished. I still ensure that missions get accomplished as an officer, but it's different … As a lieutenant, now I am responsible for developing the plan, and the NCOs in my platoon are in charge of carrying the plan out. Sometimes it's hard to shut that NCO side of me off. I really do try to not micromanage, but it's hard."
- 1st Lt. Gerry Holloway, of the Iowa National Guard, a former NCO, has deep-rooted ties to the NCO corps which are evident while he's on patrol and throughout operations.
Face of Defense: Former NCO patrols as cavalry officer
Statement on department budget and efficiencies as delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon, Jan. 6, 2011
Press release: Deadline for retroactive stop loss special pay extended
Websites of interest:
Strengthening Our Military Families
Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
Army G-1 Suicide Prevention
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Military family support initiative needs better communication
- A decade of military benefits to protect
- Flag of my father
- Veterans, like active duty troops, are hesitant to seek mental health care
- Army Reserve hero to be honored with NHL's best at 2011 All-Star Game
- First-time leadership
The Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy
What is it?
The Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) Strategy describes the ends, ways, and means for the Army to achieve an effective and affordable TWV fleet through fiscal year (FY) 2025. The Army's Light, Medium, Heavy and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) fleets are included in this strategy.
What has the Army done?
The Army conducted nearly four years of study and analysis to produce a comprehensive strategy to guide the Army's decision-makers with respect to TWVs. The new strategy ensures that Soldiers have the appropriate level of protection for whatever missions they perform. The TWV strategy maximizes uses of existing platforms through recapitalization, reset, and product improvements.
Procurement of fleets will focus on added armor protection, maximizing use of armored vehicles in prepositioned stocks and equipping deploying forces with the vehicles they require using the Army Force Generation equipping process. Moreover, the Army will maximize the use of armored vehicles in training sets to ensure that Soldiers are highly trained in the equipment they will use to perform their missions. The strategy also emphasizes the integration of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) family of vehicles into the Army force structure and the Army's continued support for the development and procurement of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The Army will selectively modernize elements of its Light Tactical Vehicle fleet with JLTVs to provide vehicles with the proper balance of performance, payload and protection to Soldiers.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to collect lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to inform future TWV acquisition. Warfighter priorities will also be continually assessed from operations world-wide. The Army will continue to emphasize affordability while procuring and sustaining the TWV fleet.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army must have a well thought out strategy that ensures Soldiers operating within the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process have the right type and number of affordable vehicles to accomplish the mission.
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Gates faults Congress for 'crisis on my doorstep' (Washington Post)
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