ARMY CAPSTONE CONCEPT FOR THE FUTURE FORCE

Monday May 9, 2005

ARMY CAPSTONE CONCEPT FOR THE FUTURE FORCE
The Army in Joint Operations, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-0

The Army's capstone concept is the overarching visualization of how the Army Future Force will support Joint Force Commanders in the period 2015 - 2024.

The Future Force will address the diverse threats and the volatile conditions expected to characterize the future operating environment through the adaptive combination of seven key operational ideas. The seven Capstone Concept's key ideas are:

1. Shaping and Entry Operations shape regional security conditions, and - if forces are committed - shape the battlespace.

2. Operational Maneuver from Strategic Distances to a crisis theater will enable the force to deter or promptly engage an enemy from positions of advantage.

3. Intratheater Operational Maneuver by ground, sea, and air will extend the reach of the joint force commander, expand capability to exploit opportunities, and generate dislocating and disintegrating effects.

4. Once the Future Force seizes the initiative, it combines its multidimensional capabilities in Decisive Maneuver to achieve campaign objectives:
4a. Simultaneous, distributed operations within a noncontiguous battlefield framework enable the Future Force to act throughout the enemy's dispositions.
4b. Continuous operations and controlled operational tempo will overwhelm the enemy's capability to respond effectively, resulting in physical destruction and psychological exhaustion at a pace not achievable today.
4c. Direct attack of key enemy capabilities and centers of gravity with strike and maneuver will accelerate the disintegration of the enemy operational integrity.

5. The Future Force conducts Concurrent and Subsequent Stability Operations, the former to secure and perpetuate the results of decisive maneuver during the campaign, and the latter to "Win the Peace", once enemy military forces are defeated, to ensure long-term resolution of the sources of conflict.

6. Distributed Support and Sustainment will maintain freedom of action and provide continuous sustainment of committed forces in all phases of operations, throughout the battlespace, and with the smallest feasible deployed logistical footprint.

7. Throughout the future campaign, Network-Enabled Battle Command will facilitate the situational understanding needed for the self-synchronization and effective application of joint and Army combat capabilities in any form of operation.

To read the document in full, go to www.army.mil/references.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Blue to Green program not reaching expected goals (NW/EB)
  • "Ominously, Army recruiting tumbles" -- Opinion (AJC | EB)
  • 'Adapt or Die' video prompts Army to change culture (TRADOC News)
  • Camp totally immerses deploying Guard, Reserve troops (AFIS)
  • "Women in combat" -- Letter (WT | EB)
  • Army Honors Best in Food Service (ARNEWS)
  • American Army ensemble plays in the Kremlin (LAT | EB)
  • Young historians chronicle First Cav history (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraq commanders put priority on extremists (WP | EB)
  • Abu Ghraib attack planner caught (AFIS)
  • Prison assault leader captured (WP | EB)
  • 109 terrorists, series of weapons caches snared in Iraq raids (AFIS)
  • Coalition announces capture of Zarqawi 'key associate' (AFIS)
  • Services each measuring Iraq success by different standards (NW/EB)
  • CIA reluctant to give Iraq control of intelligence service (HC | EB)
  • Sunni rejects job in Iraq government (NYT | EB)
  • Tracking reconstruction costs proves difficult (WP | EB)
  • Afghan delegates agree to keep foreign troop presence (NYT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Military industrial facilities may be top BRAC target (BSH/EB)
  • "Military bases, dismissed" -- Editorial (CSM | EB)
  • GOA, OMB tell DoD to shape up (FT/EB)
  • A grateful nation honors World War II vets on V-E Day (AFIS)
  • U.S. accused of shirking its arms commitments (BG | EB)
  • N. Korea's neighbors remain skeptical of nuclear weapons (WSJ/EB)
  • Iranian hard-liners call for end to negotiations with Europe (PI | EB)
  • U.S., Japan alliance strengthened through joint exercises (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Interview with Iran's defense minister (Tehran Times)
  • Arab-Latin summit to focus on economic ties (Alzajeera)
  • Iraqi parliament approves six cabinet nominees, one rejects post (Arab News)
  • World leaders pay tribute to WWII victory in Moscow (Jerusalem Post)
  • IAEA satisfied with Syria's cooperation (Syria Times)
  • Lebanon's loyalist and opposition politicians call for president's resignation (Daily Star, Lebanon)

ARMY SPORTS

Joe Nemechek managed to make some ground in the NASCAR standings this weekend by finishing in 11th place in Darlington. The Army car was running as high as the 6th position with fewer than 5 laps remaining, but fell to 11th after a caution in the final laps forced a restart. The team had a solid race and moved up 4 positions in the standings. NHRA was off this weekend, but will pick up again next weekend in Commerce, GA. The next big rodeo for our cowboys will be the Pace Picante Chute Out in Reno.

USMA
Men: Baseball (5/8) Army 8, Savannah State 4; Lacrosse (5/7) Ohio State 8, #10 Army 7; Track (5/7) Army 226, Navy 194 (Army wins 14th straight Patriot League Championship)

Women: Track (5/7) Bucknell 209.5, Army 154 (Army Patriot League Championship Runner Up)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The Army's capstone concept is a culmination of years of research, wargaming, experimentation, and operational lessons learned by the Army, our sister Services, and the joint community. Publication of this document is a start point rather than a finish. It will be a reference point for our wargaming and experimentation efforts.

Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes
Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

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