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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, January 2 2013

Today's Focus:

The U.S. Army Capstone Concept

Senior Leaders are Saying

What an exciting time to be in our Army as we embark on evolving the future force!

- Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general, Futures/director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Army Capabilities Integration Center

What They're Saying

There's not much difference in how you feel about your job and how you conduct business in and out of uniform. And in most Army civilian positions, you're still taking care of Soldiers and their families.

-Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Wilson (Retd.), now an Army civilian who runs the Army's World Class Athlete Program for the Installation Management Command

IMCOM strives to better prepare Soldiers, families

A Culture of Engagement


150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday


Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month

Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

The U.S. Army Capstone Concept

What is it?

The Army Capstone Concept provides a framework to help Army leaders think about future war, guide Army modernization and describe what the Army must do as part of the joint force to achieve the nation's strategic objectives. This description is based on the Army's enduring missions and the operational environment. The ACC describes the required capabilities the future Army will need to prevent conflict, shape the environment and win the nation's wars.

Decisive land power - the central idea in this concept - requires an expeditionary Army that remains organized, trained and equipped for prompt and sustained combat operations to defeat adversaries. The future Army will maintain a credible, robust capacity to win decisively and the depth and resilience to support combatant commanders across the range of military operations in the homeland and abroad. Ready, robust, responsive, and regionally engaged Army forces give pause to adversaries, reassure allies, and, when called upon, deliver the punch that defeats enemies and exerts control to prevent and end chaos and conflict. The fundamental characteristic of the Army is operational adaptability - a quality that Army leaders, Soldiers and civilians possess based on the critical thinking, comfort with ambiguity and decentralizing, a willingness to accept prudent risk, and an ability to adjust rapidly.

What has the Army done?

In response to the operational environment and strategic guidance, the Army rewrote the ACC. A writing team from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Army Capabilities Integration Center enlisted experts from the Army, other services, U.S. allies and academia to assist in writing the concept. Additionally, several seminar wargames were conducted to solicit recommendations from Army leaders, defense intellectuals and other government agencies.

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

During fiscal year 2013, most of the concepts within the Army Concept Framework - the integrated set of concepts that are the foundation of future Army required capabilities - will be revised.

Why is this important to the Army?

Because the need for change is inherent to the Army, the exchange of ideas and guided conceptual development must be among its top priorities. The purpose of the ACC is to articulate ideas about future conflict within a complex environment. Within the Army Concept Framework, this concept forms the baseline of a campaign of experimentation and analysis which will test these ideas. The ideas that emerge will guide changes in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities, and policy.


TRADOC Pam 525-3-0: The U.S. Army Capstone Concept (PDF)
Army Capabilities Integration Center
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Army Posture Statement 2012: Army Concept Framework

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