Highlights from House Armed Services Committee Testimony

Friday February 10, 2006

DoD officials told the House Armed Services Committee this week that the Army is going through a remarkable transformation and is far from a "broken" force. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the Army is becoming a more agile and deployable force capable of handling and sustaining missions around the world.

Rumsfeld said the Army has demonstrated its capability, not in training exercises, but "in the crucible of combat." Soldiers have performed superbly on a regular basis in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The secretary confronted questions about cutting the reserve components. The Army is not cutting the National Guard or the (Army) Reserve. The rumors are false.

Some key points of the testimony were:

- The "long war", -a conflict that has put our military on a path of near continuous change for the past five years. A conflict which also is having the effect of transforming the way our forces fight and defend the nation.

- The Army
- Guard equipment and readiness
- Army End Strength
- Protecting the Force
- Health Costs
- Help for wounded Soldiers
- Iraq
- Preparing for the unexpected
- Shifting our weight
- The Navy and Air Force
- Imagining the future

See all of the secretary's comments in the statement of Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, FY 2007 Posture Statement, Document

Sources: AFIS article

Department of Defense website

National Strategic Military Plan for the War on Terrorism


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The Army is not broken. I was in a broken Army before; many of us were that have been around. A broken Army is one that's got low morale, it's one where you've got (increased) discipline rates, where you've got all kinds of other problems. We know what that looks like, smells like, and this Army's not there. By contrast, this is the best Army that I've ever been associated with in my life and it's going to get much better. But we've got to go through the labor pains to get there.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army


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