As I stand here today, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that we have the best Army in the world. Even though we're going to get smaller, we're going to be the best army. But I need your help. You set a great example here. You're having a great impact, and you can have more impact as we look to the future. I appreciate your sacrifice. You're doing us proud.
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, speaking to service members and civilians, during his first visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 20, 2012,
CSA visits Camp Lemonnier, hosts Soldier call to express thanks, discuss Army future
Military children are resilient, there's no doubt about it, but they're not invulnerable.
- Dr. (Lt. Col.) Keith Lemmon, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, emphasizing that being in a military family can, at times, be exceedingly stressful for children.
Building resiliency in military children
2013 Army Campaign of Learning: 'America's Next First Battles'
What is it?
The Army's Campaign of Learning 2013 will look at America's Next First Battles to help transition the current Army of execution to one prepared for the security challenges of 2020 and beyond. The campaign, led by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Army Capabilities Integration Center, consists of multiple efforts using various methods to achieve its objectives.
These methods include studies, science and technology, seminars, wargames, experiments, and live exercises. The Campaign of Learning includes Unified Quest, the Army chief of staff's annual Title 10 future study plan. By exploring plausible future developments in society, the environment, technology and people, the Army can identify a plausible and credible future operational environment to identify what these changes may mean and what capabilities the Army should develop to meet these challenges.
What has the Army done?
Last year's Campaign of Learning and Unified Quest events focused on what the Army must do and how the Army fights to challenge the ideas, concepts and required capabilities within the Army Capstone Concept and the Army Operating Concept. During the 2012 campaign, the outcomes from efforts were synthesized and insights helped Army senior leaders to prepare the Army for 2020 and beyond.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's Campaign of Learning 2013 builds upon the insights from 2012. Unified Quest 2013 will focus on two efforts: one will help develop the Army of 2020 the other will explore the deep future of 2030-2040 through the lens of America's Next First Battles and, for 2030-2040, First Battles after Next. Respectively, two seminar wargames will explore how well the central ideas of operational adaptability and integrated distributed operations enable the Army to accomplish its missions and tasks in the future operational environment. In addition, experimentation will transition Army 2020 initiatives to the operating force for further examination in a corps warfighter exercise.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army must not only focus its efforts toward the current national security strategy without losing the knowledge and skills gained from more than 10 years of war, but it must also look to the future as well. Through the Campaign of Learning's efforts, the Army will be able to achieve both these objectives by identifying capabilities needed, as part of the joint force, to protect U.S. national interests and achieve strategic objectives in 2020 and beyond.
Unified Quest website
Army Capstone Concept (PDF)
Army Operating Concept (PDF)
Army Capabilities Integration Center
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