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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, April 4 2012

Today's Focus:

Army Aviation Aim Point

Senior Leaders are Saying

[Sexual assault and sexual harassment] are inconsistent with our values. It's not consistent with the trust we expect to have between Soldiers. As part of the Army profession, it really is about our values, our moral and ethical values. It is also about what I consider to be the basic component and fundamental foundation of the profession, which is trust.

- Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, discussed the Army values and sexual assault and harassment prevention at a podcast with U.S. Army Europe, during a tour of the European theater, April 3

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What They're Saying

Army is serious business. Watch the Soldiers. Soldiers always pay ... attention to detail. You've got to always be thinking, thinking about what it is you're supposed to be doing. You protect the country. You all are representing that.

- Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Warren, Natick Soldier Systems Center, speaking to seventh-graders at the Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School, Needham, Mass., for a kick-off event for the school's cross-curricular treatment of the Civil War.

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Today's Focus

Army Aviation Aim Point

What is it?

The Army Aviation Aim Point is the term used to describe the Army Aviation Enterprise's focus for modernization in the years beyond 2020.

What has the Army done?

The lifespan of the Army's current fleet of combat rotary wing aircraft will end in the 2030 timeframe. No future incremental investment will adequately extend their lifecycles. The Army Aviation branch, in collaboration with Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC), is assessing the future operating environment to develop a Doctrine, Training, Materiel, Leader and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) solution to fill that future capability gap.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

TRADOC is considered the Army's architect and it thinks for the Army to meet the demands of a nation while simultaneously anticipating solutions to tomorrow's challenges. Similarly, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE)thinks for Army Aviation.

The Aviation Enterprise, made up from senior Army leaders across USAACE, HQDA G3/5/7 Aviation, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM), Program Executive Office Aviation (PEO Aviation), Forces Command (FORSCOM), Special Operations Aviation, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and Army Aviation leaders worldwide, have developed an Army Aviation Enterprise Campaign Plan. Based on the 2030 Aim Point, the document will focus future efforts of Army Aviation and enable the Aviation Enterprise to build a redesigned, capably equipped, and effectively manned Aviation force that is more effective, operationally adaptable, flexible, lethal, and efficient.

The Enterprise is focused on validating assumptions to better define future Aviation capabilities needed to meet the challenges of future armed conflict. The extent to which ground maneuver commanders will require Aviation capabilities such as lift, attack or reconnaissance is unknown. What is known is that Army Aviation must have leaders, force structure and platforms that allow for operational adaptability in supporting maneuver forces that will execute full-spectrum operations against hybrid threats for two principle responsibilities - combined arms maneuver and wide area security.

Why is this important to the Army?

Today, Army Aviation is the most sought- after combat enabler and the demand is not expected to decrease. However, the Aviation branch cannot remain focused on current conflicts. To remain relevant in the future security environment, Army Aviation is acting now to ensure the Army's future maneuver commanders have the Aviation capabilities needed to achieve overwhelming combat power and defeat the enemy's will to fight while also incorporating a range of civil and military capabilities to achieve strategic goals and objectives.


U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence
U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command
Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC)

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