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Wednesday May 25, 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 #6-10

6. Increase Army Capability for Strategic Responsiveness
- Provide rapidly and immediately employable forces to the joint warfight.
- Adjust deployment metrics to ensure they nest within the overarching joint swiftness goals.
- Deployment metrics will guide synchronization and leveraging of existing Army Power Projection Program (AP3) capabilities.

7. Improve Global Force Posture
- Proper Force Posture ensures the Army's ability to seize the initiative and its ability to sustain a significant land campaign.
- Global challenges can no longer be met with large, in-place forces and well-established infrastructure.
- The Army must have the ability to rapidly respond / deploy to any crisis.
- Initiatives include proper positioning of war reserves and materiel and improvement of strategic and intra-theater lift capabilities.

8. Improve Capabilities for Battle Command
- Commanders and leaders must leverage new technology to gain an enhanced common operational picture.
- Continue close communication with Joint Forces Command to ensure command and control capabilities are "joint born."
- Continue to spiral network capability forward as available to bridge network gap between current and future force.

9. Improve Joint Fires Capability
- Must achieve fully interoperable joint battle command and joint fire control systems.
- Fire support coordination must become absolutely joint to achieve the responsiveness and effectiveness required.

10. Improve Capabilities for Joint Logistics
- Army logisticians must ensure an integrated supply chain reaching across the breadth and depth of resources in a joint, interagency and multinational theater.
- The Army will develop and implement Army Combat Service Support (CSS) Concepts, Policy and Doctrine that support theater openings and distribution based logistics.
- Focus areas critical to transforming logistics in support of an expeditionary Army:
o Connect the logistician
o Modernizing theater distribution
o Improving force reception
o Integrating the supply chain

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

Five Army journalists were honored in a ceremony yesterday as they received awards for Journalist of the Year.
- Sgt. Lorie Jewell received the Paul D. Savanuck Print Journalist of the Year award.
- Sgt. 1st Class Mike Lavigne received the John T. Anderson Military Broadcast Journalist of the Year award.
- Ali Leone received the Moss-Holland Civilian Print Journalist of the Year award.
- Spc. Sarah Scully and Spc. Chris Higginbotham both received the Rising Star Print Journalist of the Year award.
(Story)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army honors top journalists (ARNEWS)
  • DoD and Congress working toward female combat role compromise (NJCD/EB)
  • "Women already see combat" -- Opinion (USAT)
  • "Let lawmakers decide" -- Opinion (USAT | EB)
  • National Guard pushed to fill ranks (PI | EB)
  • Benning to grow with BRAC proposal (TRADOC News)
  • Ft. Huachuca becoming prime spot for illegal migrant border crossing (WT | EB)
  • eCybermission first place winners to compete in the nation's capital (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Zarqawi wounded in ambush, says aide (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi-led raids capture hundreds of suspected insurgents (NYT | EB)
  • Troops launch new offensive in western Iraq (HC | EB)
  • Iraqi Army aid missions foster goodwill in Sadr City (ARNEWS)
  • Experts say the insurgency is making a comeback (DMN | EB)
  • First post opens on Iraq, Iran border (CENTCOM News)
  • Awareness campaign launched to decrease effectiveness of IEDs (SS | EB)
  • Afghan president dismisses threat of Taliban, drug traffickers (WP | EB)
  • 'Nightline' to devote Memorial Day broadcast to listing of war fatalities (LAT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Veterans suing retirement home over poor quality of care (WP | EB)
  • Program returns wounded Guard, Reserve troops home to recover (AFIS)
  • Florida Guardsmen, Reservists and families get help from state grants (MH | EB)
  • Defense analyst charged with more accounts of selling secrets (WP | EB)
  • Europe, Iran begin talks on nuclear program (WP | EB)
  • N. Korea doesn't rule out pre-emptive strike (BS | EB)
  • Syria cites U.S. failures as reason for ending cooperation (LAT | EB)
  • "Keeping an eye on the goal" -- Opinion (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. troops launch offensive in al-Anbar province (Aljazeera)
  • Al-Qaeda internet statement says Zarqawi is injured (Arab News)
  • Iran says negotiations with E.U. over nuclear program most difficult (Tehran Times)
  • U.S. report urges Russia to contribute more to nuclear safety (St. Petersburg Times)
  • "War, journalists and cultural blunders" -- Opinion (Middle East Times)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

America's Army has more than 261,000 Soldiers deployed to more than 120 countries around the world. We have 650,000 Soldiers serving on active duty. 157,000 of those Soldiers belong to the National Guard and the Army Reserve. We could not do what we are doing as an Army without the total support that we have received from our Reserve Forces. We are a total team in the Global War on Terrorism. (Transcript)

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army

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