Army leaders and military experts will focus, Oct. 11, on Army readiness – including Soldiers’ training, modernization and Army leadership – as part of a panel discussion on “Revisiting The Readiness Balance,” during the Association of the U.S Army’s Annual Meeting 2021.
As part of global readiness planning, the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Forces Command are implementing the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model (ReARMM). Importantly, ReARMM supports all three Army priorities: People, Readiness, and Modernization.
The three-day AUSA meeting, Oct. 11-13, in Washington, D.C., will include “Contemporary Military Forum” panel presentations as part of the theme “America's Army and its People, Transforming for the Future.”
U.S. Army Forces Command Commanding General, Gen. Michael Garrett, will lead the readiness panel with four panelists: Lt. Gen. James E. Rainey, deputy chief of staff G-3/5/7 with the U.S. Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general; British Army Maj. Gen. Michael Keating, deputy commanding general for support with III Corps; and Chris Preble of the Atlantic Council think tank.
“We appreciate everyone’s continued flexibility and adaptability as we continue to operate through this COVID-19 environment,” Garrett told attendees at the Army Synchronization and Resourcing Conference held at Forces Command Headquarters Sept. 20-24. “This conference is about operationalizing the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model out through 2027.”
ReARMM is the Army's force generation model designed to respond to the demands of combatant commands while creating the space and time to modernize the force through predictability, stability and synchronization.
“We have to be more precise in the delivery of readiness across the Army if we want to keep our modernization efforts on track and if we want to maintain some of our People First initiatives, we have got to make sure the readiness we’re delivering is the readiness required,” Garrett said. “But there’s a little bit more to consider, too,” he told the group.
As an example, he pointed out the unexpected, but ongoing Operation Allies Welcome mission hosting Afghan guests at military bases in the United States.
“How can we ensure that we have sufficient readiness to meet requirements … and then a little more to be able to account for the unforeseen” he told the group. “We’re always going to have that, things that cause us to react,” Garrett said. “We have to be agile enough to be able to absorb missions that we didn’t see coming.”
Garrett explained these unforeseen major missions have an impact on readiness. “We can’t have a unit lifecycle and readiness model that’s not agile enough to absorb shocks like this or requirements like this because they are going to happen,” he said. “That’s what we do in the Army.”
“This is important work,” Rainey told the FORSCOM Synchronization and Resourcing Conference. “We’ve got to learn, to adjust … to figure this out. That’s what we do: the U.S. Army solves the hard problems for our Nation.”
Army officials indicate there are five key principles associated with the REARMM Model:
- Support high readiness and modernization objectives.
- Ensure the right capability is in the right place at the right time to ensure overmatch.
- Optimizes the Total Army for current competition demands and postures the force to respond during escalation to crisis.
- Formations aligned under a mission line will have the same assigned modernization level to ensure common proficiency on fielded equipment.
- Future readiness is modernization.
The U.S. Army Forces Command Readiness Guidance for Fiscal Year 2022 elaborates on these. “The ReARMM model provides predictability and stability for both combatant commanders and units/ soldiers/families by aligning units against mission lines (People), predictably providing time for modernization (Modernization/ Change), and preparing tailored readiness to meet mission requirements (Readiness),” the guidance explains. “ReARMM also reduces risk in transition to conflict by: enhancing our force projection capabilities (Deter), reassuring our allies and partners (Defend), and posturing the Army to defeat our adversaries, if deterrence fails.”
“To fight and win decisively, FORSCOM units achieve appropriate levels of readiness, focused by Large Scale Combat Operations,” the guidance outlines. “Mobilization and deployment preparedness remain essential to employing ready forces. FORSCOM precisely allocates resources to appropriately man, equip, and train units to achieve the readiness required to accomplish combatant command mission and contingency requirements within the ReARMM construct.”
“The Army must balance the continuous demand for current readiness from combatant command requirements with the imperative to secure future readiness, all without overly stressing our people or our equipment,” Army officials told Congress, June 22.
“To this end, the Army developed, tested, and rehearsed a new unit lifecycle model that will go into effect October 2021: the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model (ReARMM). ReARMM will harmonize historically conflicting Army priorities. It will take care of people by reducing operational tempo and maximizing predictability and stability to commanders, Soldiers, and families.”
“ReARMM will sustain readiness by carving out dedicated windows for building readiness at echelon while aligning units with primary regions and functions. Regional alignment provides units deep wells of knowledge on the terrain, culture, and people where their units are most likely to operate,” Army officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, June 22. “Joint force commanders also gain by leveraging habitual, trusted relationships between Army formations and Allies and partners.”
“Finally, ReARMM will facilitate modernization by giving units dedicated windows to integrate new equipment, reorganize formations, and train on new doctrine.” Army officials told Congress. “Adopting this model transitions the Army from small, incremental, evolutionary modernization of platforms to large-step modernization of our formations.”