Our Soldiers, our DA civilians, and our families ... have served superbly over the last 11 years of persistent conflict and have displayed a myriad of values, character and competence that made us successful. We value your service and sacrifices. For this very reason, the Army will stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with you as you so proudly stood - and served - our great nation.
- Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, and principal military adviser to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Shaping America's future force
It is very important for us to understand the NATO systems because we are the gap between the Army forces on the ground and our international partnership above us.
- Maj. Troy Thomas, secondary shift chief of operations and a Screaming Eagle Soldier from 101st Airborne Division, speaks about the Unified Endeavor 13-1, an exercise designed to bring together the staff, as well as their higher headquarters, subordinate units and coalition partners, to ensure that they have trained together and understand the operating environment and staff processes prior to deploying to Afghanistan.
101st Airborne gets 'put through the paces' during Unified Endeavor 13-1
Defending the Homeland in Depth
What is it?
The homeland is confronted with national security threats ranging from traditional military threats to law enforcement threats. There are clear definitions of both ends and less clarity in the middle where military and civilian roles begin and end. This seam of ambiguity, where these threats to our nation's security are neither clearly military nor law enforcement threats, highlights the criticality of communication, coordination and cooperation between the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice and other federal, state, local and international partners.
What has the Army done?
U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) developed the Defending the Homeland in Depth Campaign Plan to describe how this command intends to fulfill its U.S. Northern Command Joint Force Land Component Command and Army Service Component Command roles for defending the homeland and how it will integrate and operate with Joint, interagency and international partners to achieve unity of effort. Doing this with such a diverse group of agencies and governments is essential in order to realize the maximum effect possible from the resources allocated to defending the homeland.
The purpose of the plan is to provide a framework for the integration of separate but interrelated and ongoing operations, actions and activities that, when done in concert with each other provide an effective and efficient mechanism to counter threats to our nation. As an example, Joint Task Force North works regularly with the Customs and Border Protection by providing support to law enforcement along the Southwest Border, in coordination with the border-states U.S. Army North conducts Theater Security Cooperation with the Mexican military, and facilitates cross-border coordination meetings between the Mexican military and Customs and Border Protection.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) will include a periodic, deliberate process of assessment and planning focused on the JFLCC/ASCC's role in defending the homeland. This process is aligned with the DOD's Program Objective Memorandum cycle to allow changes and course corrections over the intervening years.
Why is this important to the Army?
By combining Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Theater Security Cooperation activities into one plan the opportunity for greater unity of effort and increased efficiency in the allocation of scarce resources exists for both contingency and day-to-day operations, activities and actions to defend the homeland in depth.
U.S. Army North (Fifth Army)
U.S. Northern Command
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