This is the final part of an eight-part series highlighting critical elements of the 2008 Army Posture Statement. <br><br> Funding challenges

Friday March 7, 2008

Recruiting and retaining the most combat-experienced Army in our nation's history require predictable and sustained funding. Sustaining this high-quality and professional all-volunteer force will not be possible without investing in and supporting our quality of life efforts and providing competitive pay and benefits

To support our Soldiers, we must rebuild and recapitalize our equipment, including vehicles and weapons systems, maintain readiness for current operational demands and build readiness for future challenges. It takes years beyond the end of hostilities to complete rebuilding and recapitalizing equipment.

The Fiscal Year 2009 President's Budget

The fiscal year 2009 (FY09) president's budget requests $140.7 billion for the Army. This request and the amounts in the global war on terror (GWOT) request are necessary to support current operations, fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, sustain the all-volunteer force and prepare for future threats to the nation.

This year, the president approved accelerating the end-strength of the Army's active component to 547,000 and the Army National Guard to 358,200 by 2010. The Army Reserve will increase in size to 206,000 by 2013. This most significant increase in the FY09 budget is the result of permanent end-strength increases of 44,300 Soldiers: 43,000 in the active component and 1,300 in the Army National Guard.

Restoring Fiscal Balance

Timely and full funding of the Army's FY09 request of $140.7 billion will ensure that the Army is ready to meet the needs of the nation and continue the process of putting the Army back in balance. However, it is important to note that over the last six years, the Army has received increasing proportions of its funding through supplemental and GWOT appropriations. This recurring reliance on GWOT funds and a natural overlap between base and GWOT programs means that the Army's base budget does not fully cover the cost of both current and future readiness requirements. An orderly restoration of the balance between base and GWOT requirements is essential to maintain Army capabilities for future contingencies.

Our goals are to be good stewards of the resources we are provided by Congress and to free human and financial resources for higher priority operational needs. Integral to achieving our goals is the development of an Army-wide cost-management culture in which leaders better understand the full cost of the capabilities they use and provide and incorporate cost considerations into their planning and decision-making. This approach will enable us to achieve readiness and performance objectives more efficiently. Concurrently, we are strengthening our financial and management controls to improve contracting in expeditionary operations and ensure full compliance with the law and regulations.

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"We are modernizing the Soldier faster than we have at any time in the U.S. Army. It is our belief that the Soldier today is the most survivable, lethal, capable Soldier in the history of warfare. We need to keep it that way and we need to improve it."

Brig. Gen. Robert M. Brown, Program Executive Officer, Soldier, and commander, U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center

PEO Soldier: Modernization at Good Value


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