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Tuesday May 24, 2005

The Army Strategic Planning Guidance is the Army's institutional strategy and serves as its principal long-range planning document. The ASPG consists of ten Strategic Imperatives.

Strategic Imperatives #2-5

2. Improve Capabilities for Homeland Defense
- The Army contributes an active, layered defense of the U.S. by providing relevant capabilities to the Combatant Commanders.
- The Army will establish a Homeland Defense Focus Area whose purpose will be to make recommendations for the development and implementation of solutions to improve HQDA support for Homeland Defense.

3. Improve Proficiencies against Irregular Challenges
- Irregular challenges are unconventional methods adopted and employed by non-state and state actors to counter stronger state opponents.
- Examples of irregular challenges are terrorism, insurgency, attacks against U.S. economic targets and infrastructure, and propaganda campaigns against the U.S.
- Keys to combating irregular challenges include:
-- Integration and synchronization of all information operations (IO) elements.
-- Development of understanding new environment at operational and strategic levels.
-- Development of doctrine and capabilities that reflect the reality of battlespace.

4. Improve Capabilities for Stability Operations
- The Army will establish a Stability Operations Focus Area mandated to identify and implement initiatives to increase Army capabilities to plan and conduct stability operations in a joint, interagency and multinational context.

5. Achieve Army Force Capabilities to Dominate Complex Terrain
- Executing operations in complex terrain is likely and expected.
- Assessment of nearly every battlefield operating system for effectiveness is essential.


  • Stryker vehicle critical to joint operations (FDNM | EB)
  • Army standing up special unit to counter threats in Iraq (JDW/EB)
  • House republicans reassure women on closing specialties, units (AT/EB)
  • 7th ARCOM Soldiers help prepare Bosnian armed forces for Iraq (USAREUR News)
  • New trial to begin for Pfc. England (HC | EB)
  • Soldier says killing of Iraqi police officer was self-defense (NYT | EB)


  • Iraqi army ready to take reins in Sadr City (ARNEWS)
  • Recent bombings target military and civilians, killing 50 (WP | EB)
  • Kirkuk becoming potential flash point (USAT | EB)
  • Escape tunnel found at Camp Bucca (DFP | EB)
  • Bush promises continued support to Afghanistan (LAT | EB)
  • Bush, Karzai formalize partnership focused on Afghan progress (AFIS)
  • U.N. seeks access to U.S. run prison in Afghanistan (BS | EB)
  • Local police turn in weapons cache in eastern Afghanistan (AFIS)
  • Syria halting cooperation with U.S. (NYT | EB)
  • Procurement process slows fielding of supplies (WSJ/EB)
  • "U.S. forces serve with valor" -- Opinion by Gen. Richard Myers (TH | EB)


  • House committee chairman removes Tricare provision from defense measure (NJCD/EB)
  • N. Korea considers resuming talks on ending nuclear program (IHT | EB)
  • U.S. questions Venezuela's purchase of Russian arms (WT | EB)
  • New Zealand plans to bolster military (CSM | EB)


  • Murder, car bombs increasing at alarming rate in Iraq (Al-Ahram)
  • Kuwait officials say international cooperation is only way to combat security challenges (Arab Times)
  • Three week time limit given for evacuation of Gaza Strip (Jerusalem Post)
  • Palestinian leaders fight to shore up truce (Jordan Times)
  • As negotiations start, Iran awaits positive move from Europe (Islamic Republic News Agency)
  • China sees no indication of N. Korean nuclear test (China Daily)
  • U.N. officially verifies withdrawal of all Syrian troops from Lebanon (Daily Star)

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May 25, 2005
Twenty-seven Soldiers will be awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award tomorrow in Crystal City, VA. For the list of awardees and more information, click here.


[T]o truly be successful, transformation must build on those enduring values and rich traditions of the Army. We will keep the best of the past, while transforming to be better able to meet the challenges of the future.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army


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