Army Modernization Plan: The Future Modular Force

Tuesday April 17, 2007

What is it? The Army Modernization Plan describes the Army's modernization and investment strategies to enhance the modular force, reset its rotational force, and sustain required readiness levels. To sustain increased demand, the Army is building modular forces based on the foundation of our future Modular Force including the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Brigade Combat Team (BCT).

What is the Army doing? Last year, we witnessed the Army's highest density of modular transformation activities, notably completing the conversion of 13 Active Component BCTs (increasing the number to 31); initiating the conversion of an additional four; continuing the modernization of seven Army National Guard BCTs begun in FY05 and beginning conversion of nine more for a total of 16; and completing the conversion of 19 Multi-functional and Functional Support Brigades across the Total Force.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The Active Component will have converted a total of 35 BCTs by the end of FY07, and an additional three will be in the conversion process. The Army National Guard will begin modular conversion of nine more BCTs for a total of 25 units converting. An additional 13 Multi-functional Support Brigades will be converted, increasing the total to 58 brigades across all components. Functional Support Brigades will have increased by another four in the Active Component and six in the Army National Guard for a total of 96 across the Force. Some more efforts that should be instituted by year-end 2007 include activation of a seventh Stryker Brigade, standing up of the Army Evaluation Task Force at Ft. Bliss, and continued implementation of the Army Force Generation Process. The Army also expects to gain further efficiencies through conversion of military positions to civilian positions.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army views transformation as the continuous evolution of capabilities over time from the current, operational Army, to the future Modular Force. The Army continues to analyze strategic requirements and adjust force structure as required to provide capability to Joint force commanders. Restructuring Active and Reserve forces will increase Combat Support and Combat Service Support capabilities to conduct stability operations and unconventional warfare.

The 2007 Army Modernization Plan discusses the Army's equipping efforts. To learn more, click here.

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