Shifting our Center of Gravity

Thursday June 15, 2006

The Army is shifting its center of gravity. We are increasing our capacity to defend the homeland, sustain the long war, conduct irregular operations, and wage conventional campaigns. While maintaining the capability to address traditional challenges, we are developing a broader portfolio of capabilities to address the full spectrum of challenges we face.

The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review validated the Army's strategic direction, as reflected in the Army Vision and The Army Plan. We will continue to:

- Increase both capability and capacity by creating modular, multipurpose, brigade-based combat and support forces (70 Brigade Combat Teams and over 200 Support Brigades) better able to operate as elements of joint, expeditionary force packages, and to conduct sustained campaigns.
- Leverage the power of Joint Interdependence to create the freedom to change.
- Enhance capabilities of multipurpose forces, especially for irregular warfare, to enable special operation capabilities to be more focused on complex tasks (including counterterrorism and unconventional warfare). Recognize the increased importance of the "human dimension" of war, including:

- Expanding cultural awareness and language capabilities,
- Doubling human intelligence personnel,
- Integrating Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs capabilities with multipurpose forces,
- Redesign tactical and operational headquarters to serve as Joint Task Force headquarters,
- Restructure Army programs to strike the best balance between current and future capability requirements,
- Posture reserve forces to serve as an operational force vice strategic reserve, and
- Posture operating and institutional forces to enhance jointness, readiness, strategic responsiveness, and fiscal efficiency.

Read more about the 2006 Game Plan.


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