Since 1990, the Army’s share of investment dollars has been considerably smaller than that of the other Departments (Figure 7). Consequently, the Army has been unable to invest in the capabilities to sustain a rising operational tempo and to prepare for emerging threats. Supplemental authority has enabled the Army to “buy back” crucial capability to meet the operational demands of the war on terrorism and to improve our ability to sustain the full scope of our global commitments.
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ARMY
The implications of the evolving security environment are clear.
The Nation will continue to be engaged in a long struggle of continuous, evolving conflict that, as in Afghanistan and Iraq today, will manifest itself in complex, traditional, and irregular challenges to include cyberspace attack. These struggles will be waged by Soldiers who will be expected to perform difficult tasks and create decisive outcomes to accomplish the objectives of the National Military Strategy.
Our Soldiers must be prepared to deal with the
full spectrum of threats. As described in the
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, they must be able to operate effectively as part of joint, interagency, and coalition teams. Therefore, we must continue to improve the strategic responsiveness of our forces and our generating base through improvements in:
Failure to invest in Soldiers to build the right capabilities – by improving our doctrine, organizations, training, materiel, leaders, people, and facilities – will increase risk for the Army, the Joint Team, and our Nation. Building the capabilities required to hedge against the uncertainty of tomorrow will require prudent investments today. These investments must be sustained at predictable, consistent levels over time. Investing in defense capabilities in this manner would reflect a significant departure from historic patterns of spending, which have increased America’s vulnerability prior to each of the major conflicts of the 20th century.