2006 Army Posture Statement: Provide Relevant and Ready Landpower

Wednesday February 15, 2006

The Army is improving its capabilities to prevail in the war on terrorism and sustain all our global commitments. While fighting, we are:

* Maintaining the momentum of our transformation and modernization.

- Transforming to create an active and reserve component pool of 70 modular Brigade Combat Teams, reinforced by over 200 modular Support Brigades.

- Modernizing - for the first time in decades - to field Future Combat Systems and other advanced technologies.

* Improving readiness to deal with irregular, catastrophic, disruptive - and traditional - challenges.

* Building a modular force in which brigades - not divisions - can "plug into" joint and coalition task forces in expeditionary and campaign settings.

* Building depth (more) and breadth (more kinds) to ensure Soldiers and units can adapt to new challenges.

- Building more brigades to increase strategic flexibility and relieve stress on Soldiers and equipment.
- Developing more kinds of capability by making our brigades more powerful, versatile, deployable, and relevant to new challenges.

* Creating improvements in: Sustaining the Force, Actionable Intelligence, Stability Operations, Homeland Defense, Operating in Complex Environments, Facing Irregular Challenges, Battle Command, and more.

* Ensuring that every investment in our current force benefits our future force.

These initiatives enable the Army to support current global operations and prevail in the war on terrorism, surge forces for unforeseen contingencies, and reduce stress on Soldiers and equipment. We are also creating the right mix of Support Brigades to ensure that our Soldiers receive the logistical, engineering, intelligence, protection, aviation and communications capabilities they will need to support the Combatant Commanders. We are rebalancing the force by placing the right Soldiers with the right skills into our jobs and organizations in greatest demand. At the same time, we are stabilizing Soldiers, to keep them with their units longer, to improve teamwork and reduce stress on families caused by frequent moves between posts. We are maintaining momentum in transforming and modernizing our formations - through modular conversion, pursuit of future combat systems, and fielding other advanced technologies. These complementary initiatives will ensure that our Soldiers are well prepared to operate in campaign and expeditionary settings with our joint and coalition partners.

For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

  • First lady stops at Aviano on her way to Olympics (SS)
  • First Lady offers thanks, encouragement at Italy base (AFIS)
  • Guard leaders laud Army's Olympic athletes (ARNEWS)
  • Member of U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program competes in Olympics (CT)
  • Missed targets continue to plague Army Olympian (ARNEWS)
  • Army biathlete takes on world in XX Winter Games (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Bomb kills four Iraqi children (MH)
  • Iraqi Army Mission (FN)
  • Iraqi official discusses pace of municipal rebuilding (NPR)
  • 2 more arrests in UK Iraq abuse claims (CNN)
  • Iraqi prime minister may stay (Newsday)
  • NATO allies cut military since 9/11 (WT | EB)
  • On Balance (WT)

OF INTEREST

  • Deadliest years for journalists in a decade; Iraq claims most lives (VOA)
  • Rising tide of border crime and violence (CSM)
  • N. Va. News Briefs - Workshop offered for Sept. 11 victims (WE)
  • Anti-Americanism wins at the Turkish box office (ABC News)
  • Opinion: 'Anti-terror efforts go beyond dollars, cents' (YN)
  • Ask G.B. Trudeau: Cartoon fury (SLATE)
  • Waiting for news about Jill Carroll (NPR)
  • Center Lists 325,000 names of terrorist suspects (TT)

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