<a href="//www.army.mil/howwewillfight/changing/index2.html" target="_blank">ARMY MODULAR FORCES</a> AND <a href="//www.army.mil/fcs/" target="_blank">FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEMS</a>

Wednesday June 1, 2005

- The Army's preeminent, interdependent transformational initiatives
- Deal with current and evolving threats from irregular, traditional, disruptive and catastrophic challenges
- Close capability gaps that might otherwise be exploited by adaptive, networked opponents

Modular Forces:
- More responsive to Combatant Commanders' needs
- Better employ Joint capabilities
- Facilitate force packaging and rapid deployment
- Fight as more self-contained units in non-linear, non-contiguous battlespace
- Multifunctional across the Range of Military Operations (ROMO)

Future Combat Systems:
- Provide a family of systems enabled by a common network
designed to enable the Soldier
- Consist of advanced air and ground-based systems (manned and unmanned) with embedded and networked battle command
- Operate as a system of systems with platforms capable of tactical airlift
- Enable a new way of fighting using network centric operations and air envelopment with a mounted force to change the tactical battlespace geometry

Modular Forces use organizational change to:
- Achieve operational needs
- Enable leader development
- Provide feedback for future force developments

The FCS-equipped Unit of Action:
- Capitalizes on the Modular Force initiative
- Provides required capabilities by affecting change not just through new materiel but across the entire DOTMLPF (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities)
- Meets the requirements of the National Security, National Defense and National Military Strategies

Modular Forces will include the FCS-equipped Unit of Action as well as other types of brigade combat teams for years.

Watch The Army Modular Force video or read more about FCS.


The Combat Action Badge (CAB), newly approved design shown here, will go into immediate production and should be available late this summer or early fall through unit supply and military clothing sales stores. Click here for more information on the CAB.


  • "Reserve is becoming an 'inactive duty' force always ready to go" by Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly (The Hill)
  • Last platoon of 1ID Soldiers return from Iraq mission (USAREUR News)
  • Army officers say lack of troops prevents protection of gains against insurgents (MH | EB)
  • Guardsman hailed for defending convoy against insurgents (BG | EB)
  • Myers addresses West Point's 207th graduating class (ARNEWS)
  • "GI janes caught in culture wars crossfire" -- Opinion (CSM | EB)


  • Bush touts strength of democracy in Iraq (AFIS)
  • Bush, Cheney say Iraq forces capable (NYDN | EB)
  • Iraq seeks extension to keep U.S. troops in country (MH | EB)
  • Iraqi forces gaining higher profile to prove capabilities (CSM | EB)
  • Bush calls Amnesty report 'absurd' (WT | EB)
  • Amnesty director defends report (WT | EB)
  • Sunni leader urges unity, not discord after false arrest (LAT | EB)
  • Benchmark 1,000th reconstruction project completed in Iraq (AFIS)
  • Voice of Zarqawi confirmed on audio tape (NYT | EB)
  • Pakistan to hand U.S. top Al Qaeda operative for prosecution (WP | EB)
  • NATO troops take over western Afghanistan from U.S. (NYT | EB)
  • "We love the troops" -- Opinion (NYP/EB)


  • Senators threaten to subpoena base closure decisional documents (GE | EB)
  • House bill targets military benefits, reduces wait time (WP | EB)
  • Proliferation security initiative marks second anniversary (AFIS)
  • Rice says initiative has increased security (WT/EB)
  • Iran reports successful test of missile fuel (NYT | EB)
  • "North Korea: The war game" (AM | EB)


  • Mosque in Afghanistan attacked, many dead (Aljazeera)
  • Al-Libbi deported to U.S. for prosecution (Arab News)
  • NATO expands forces into western Afghanistan (Aljazeera)
  • Iran's test of solid missile fuel successful (Tehran Times)
  • Sweden closes nuclear reactor (BBC)

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June 2, 2005
Army's Eisenhower Series will sponsor a symposium with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), the National Defense University Foundation and the National Defense Industrial Association entitled "U.S. Defense Industrial Base: National Security Implications of a Globalized World". This program is open to the public. Click here for more information.


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