The United States is at war, and The Army serves the Nation by defending
the Constitution and our way of life. It is our nonnegotiable contract
with the American people – to fight and win our Nation’s
In the weeks immediately following the attacks of 11 September 2001,
Special Operations Forces (SOF) infiltrated Afghanistan, penetrated
Al Qaida and Taliban strongholds, and leveraged all available long-range,
joint fires, enabling the Northern Alliance to begin dismantling the
Taliban. By January 2002, U.S. and Allied conventional force reinforcements
began to set the stage for Operation ANACONDA, where Soldiers, demonstrating
courage and determination under the most challenging conditions, defeated
Al Qaida at altitude on the escarpments overlooking the Shah-e-kot
Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Today, more than 198,000 Soldiers remain deployed and forward stationed
in 120 countries around the globe, conducting operations and training
with our friends and allies. Decisively engaged in the joint and
combined fight against global terrorism, Soldiers are serving with
distinction – at home and abroad. Soldiers from both the Active
and the Reserve Component have remained “on point” for
the Nation in the Balkans for seven years, in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
for 12 years, in the Sinai for 21 years, and in Korea and Europe
for over 50 years. At the publication of this Army Posture Statement,
there were more than 110,000 Reserve Component Soldiers mobilized
for active federal service in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and
ENDURING FREEDOM, in response to those attacks, validated The
Army Vision – People, Readiness, and Transformation.
The transforming Army is enriching as a profession and nurturing
to families whose sacrifice has borne the readiness of the force
for the past 10 years. Our Well-Being initiatives are our commitment
to reverse this trend by giving our people the opportunity to become
self-reliant; setting them up for personal growth and success; aggressively
investing in family housing; and revitalizing Single-Soldier living
space in our barracks. Our manning initiatives have filled our line
divisions and other early deploying units to dampen the internal
turbulence of partially filled formations and help put a measure
of predictability back into the lives of our families.
The Army has carefully balanced the risk between remaining ready
for today’s challenges and preparing for future crises. With
unwavering support from the Administration, the Congress, our Soldiers,
and Department of the Army Civilians, The Army has made unprecedented
progress in its efforts to transform.
We will achieve Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the first
Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) this summer and demonstrate the
increased responsiveness, deployability, agility, verastility, lethality,
survivability, and sustainability they provide to Combatant Commanders.
In a little over three years from initial concept to fielded capability,
the SBCTs will allow us to glimpse the potential for acquisition
reform in paving the way for delivery of the Objective Force.
We have constructed the framework for achieving the Objective Force
this decade: a Transformation Campaign Plan with Roadmap; the Objective
Force White Paper; the Operational and Organizational plans for
the Objective Force Unit of Action; and the Operational Requirements
Document for the Future Combat System of Systems.
Additionally, The Army is poised to fill ground maneuver’s
most critical battlefield deficiency – armed aerial reconnaissance
– with Comanche, a capable, survivable, and sustainable aircraft
that is a cornerstone of the Objective Force.
All along the way, we have tested our concepts in wargames and experiments,
checked and rechecked our azimuth to the Objective Force weekly
and monthly, and look forward to a successful Future Combat System
Milestone B Defense Acquisition Board decision in May of this year.
However, we cannot accelerate Army Transformation without transforming
the way The Army does business – from transformation of logistics
and acquisition to personnel and installation transformation. Revolutionizing
Army business management practices achieves the best value for taxpayers’
dollars; conserves limited resources for investment in People, Readiness,
and Transformation; enhances management of personnel systems, installations
and contracting; and augments our potential to accelerate arrival
of the Objective Force. Changing The Army is first about changing
the way we think, and better business practices represent practical
application of common sense initiatives that best serve The Army
and our Nation.
We are proud of our progress. We are grateful for the strong Congressional
support that has helped put The Army on its approach march to the
Objective Force. The Army 2003 Posture Statement describes our tremendous
progress in Transformation – an orchestrated campaign, synchronized
with OSD and Joint Transformation, to achieve the Objective Force
and keep America’s Army the dominant landpower in the world.