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Institutional Adaptation

What is it?
While we acknowledge the Army is currently out of balance, should deterrence fail, there can be no doubt the Army will have the 21st Century capabilities required to win decisively. Institutional Adaptation is an essential component of the Army's overall transformation effort and will improve Army management by facilitating changes to Army culture, functional alignment, governance forums, and processes. The goal of these changes is to enable Army leaders to more effectively and efficiently deliver trained and ready forces that are capable of meeting the needs of the commanders, can operate across the full spectrum of conflict, and sustain the Total Force.

What has the Army done?
The Army has made a deliberate effort, over time, to improve how it functions as an organization. The process began a decade ago and began with a focus on 'transforming' our Army from a Cold War-focused force to a more campaign quality expeditionary force. As we progressed, the focus became modularity and organizational change.

Today, the Army continues its transformation by adapting its institutions to support an Army on a rotational cycle in an era of persistent conflict.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
There are three major elements to Institutional Adaptation. First, the Army will align around and improve our core process for generating trained and ready forces through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), process. Second, the Army will adopt an enterprise approach, by developing an Army-wide management system that incorporates a refined governance process supported by an improved assessment and collaboration architecture. This will, in-turn, inculcate a cost culture that promotes resource informed discussion and processes and incentivize good stewardship. Third, the Army will reform its requirements and resource processes by making these more responsive and realistic throughout. Combined, these three efforts are designed to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of the Army, align our institutions to support the Army of the 21st Century, and preserve the All-Volunteer Force.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is preparing now for future challenges associated with strategic complexity, institutional turbulence, fiscal uncertainty, prolonged commitment of forces, and preserving the All-Volunteer Force. Institutional Adaptation will align the Armys processes and make durable the hard won gains from more than a decade of transformation by improving ARFORGEN, strategic decision making, the assessment and collaboration framework and by establishing resource-minded cost culture that more effectively and efficiently supports the combatant commanders.

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