STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday March 26, 2014


Today's Focus:

2014 Army Posture Statement

What is it?

The 2014 Army Posture Statement is the written expression of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army to Congress for the annual posture hearings. The Army Posture Statement informs Congress on the state of the Army and outlines the Army's accomplishments, initiatives, and priorities for Congress to consider when reviewing the President's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

What has the Army done?

The 2014 Army Posture Statement describes the Army's vision for providing globally responsive and regionally engaged forces. The Fiscal Year 2015 budget request provides a balanced and responsible way forward in the midst of ongoing fiscal uncertainty.

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

The Army provides a print version of the 2014 Army Posture Statement to each member of Congress prior to senior Army leader testimony related to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. These posture hearings began yesterday, with Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army testimony before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.

The on-line version of the 2014 Army Posture Statement is available now and will remain available throughout the year on the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army web pages as well as the U.S. Army website.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Posture Statement provides Congress, as well as internal and external audiences, an overview of the Army's plan to build a force for the future while contending with fiscal uncertainty. The Army Posture Statement is an authoritative document that highlights the Army's enduring and vital contribution to the defense of the nation as a member of the Joint Force, its global commitments and vision for the future.

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Focus Quote for the Day

Our challenge is to reshape into a smaller yet capable, force in the midst of sustained operational demand for Army forces and reduced budgets ... The nation faces uncertainty and, in the face of such uncertainty, needs a strong Army that is trained, equipped and ready. No one can predict where the next contingency will arise that calls for the use of Army forces.

- Taken from the closing section of the 2014 Army Posture Statement

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