Army Future Game Enables an Interagency Examination of Future Security Challenges

Tuesday May 27, 2008

Unified Quest 2008- What is it?

The Army Future Game is the culminating event in the Unified Quest campaign of learning, which annually examines the most salient issues confronting the Army and our nation. From April 29 to May 9, 2008, nearly 400 military officers, government officials, and scholars gathered at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., to explore "building partnership capacity" as a potential key element in a future national security strategy. In designing "whole-of-government" responses to a variety of fictional, future crises, participants exchanged views, ideas and concerns in an invaluable, interdisciplinary forum.

What has the Army done?

Every year, the Army chief of staff uses Unified Quest to engage interagency and international partners in a rigorous discourse about the future operating environment. Co-sponsored by U.S. Joint Forces Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, the 2008 campaign of learning afforded special emphasis to the vital contributions of the military's interagency partners, who helped develop a shared understanding of:
- The nature of the future operational environment
- The need for a strategy that focuses all elements of national power
- The strategic and military implications of building partnership capacity
- The Army's role in providing a "secure environment" for other government agencies to conduct stability operations
- The potential utility of indirect and asymmetric means of overcoming future, strategic challenges
- The importance of campaign design to solving complex, operational problems

Why is this important to the Army?

"If we've learned anything from...Iraq and Afghanistan," former U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. John Abizaid (ret.) observed at the Army Future Game, "it's that interagency and international action can solve the problem much quicker than any particular group of people trying to stand alone." By establishing a multi-agency and interdisciplinary venue for collaboration within the broader Unified Quest campaign of learning, the Army Future Game is helping to make such an approach possible.

What's planned for the future?

Unified Quest 2009 will further expand opportunities for collaboration across the interagency community by applying innovative, interagency planning procedures to complex, future scenarios. For more information on the Army Future Game and Unified Quest, visit Unified Quest Web site.

Resources:

Unified Quest on Persistent Conflict

Unified Quest Panel Discussion

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Children of deployed, injured troops share experiences at camp C.O.P.E.

Korean university students tour Yongsan garrison

Safety Day puts focus on summertime hazards

Armed Forces Day picnic thanks community

U.S. military aims to help Iraqi farmers

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Memorial Day observance and parade in Chicago (ARNews)
  • Pictures: Memorial Day observance (Flickr)
  • "The noble dead, who fell ..." will never be forgotten: the first Memorial Day (ARNews)
  • Old Guard sets 'flags-in' for Memorial Day (ARNews)
  • Top Army general praises new cannon in Minnesota (KC)
  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade - Week in pictures, May 19-25, 2008 (ARNews)
  • New program offers 'care for caregivers' (ARNews)
  • Injured Soldiers struggle to maintain relationships, intimacy (ARNews)
  • Soldiers compete for elite medical badge (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Sadr pursues image to match his power (WP)
  • Iraq says al-Qaeda training boys to be suicide bombers (PI)
  • Baghdad shows hope, though violence continues (NPR)
  • Iraqis losing patience with militiamen (LAT)
  • Iraq violence falls to four-year low, U.S. says (LAT)
  • Despite peace efforts, Afghan violence on rise (BG)

OF INTEREST

  • Honoring life on Memorial Day (WT)
  • Bush lauds 'awesome' members of military (USA)
  • 'This is really the only place I could be today' (WP)
  • Military chief warns troops about politics (NYT)
  • Military moms face tough choices (NPR)
  • With other nations refusing detainees' return, 'we are stuck' with Guantanamo, Gates says (WP)
  • High school in wartime sets Soldiers' kids apart (KSTP)
  • Pentagon builds memorial for victims (NPR)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. uses bullets ill-suited for new ways of war (Guard | Story)
  • Iran 'defying U.N.' on nuclear work (AJ | Story)
  • Taliban turn to Iraq-style tactics to take Kabul districts (LT | Story)
  • In southern Afghanistan, the Marines clear a little space for optimism (IHT | Story)
  • Peacekeepers 'abusing children' (BBC | Story)
  • Clashes in Beirut after Nasrallah speech (AA | Story)
  • U.N. says Russia shot Georgian spy plane (MT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Well, that's a Hooah! If I ever heard one! (KDIHH)
  • Troops and State Department help Iraqi feed mill owner (SM)
  • China's self-appraisal (WPR)
  • A legacy and an inheritance (N2G)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

Wounded Soldiers ride for recovery

Cowboy-Soldier launches Army's Wounded Warrior Sports Program

Two Soldiers qualify for Olympic Marksmanship Team

Six USAMU Soldiers competing in summer Olympics

Here's mud in your eye

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008:
- Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

- Mental Health Month:

- Army Behavioral Health

- DOD Military Health System

- Battlemind

Saturday, June 2, 2008: Medal of Honor: White House Ceremony

Saturday, June 3, 2008: Medal of Honor: Pentagon Hall of Hero Ceremony

Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The United States of America owes our troops in uniform a debt of gratitude, and we owe our military Families the strong support necessary to make sure that they understand that we appreciate their sacrifices. Our mission in Iraq has been long and trying. But when the history books are written, they will show that this generation of heroes was as great as any in the history of our nation. They will show that America refused to shrink in the face of terror. They will show that freedom prevailed."

- President George W. Bush, praising the troops at the Division Review Ceremony at Fort Bragg

President Bush attends Division Review Ceremony

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"My father doesn't do an everyday job. Coming from a military childhood, it makes you that much ... stronger. And that's going to help me along in life. I wouldn't want to change it, to tell you the truth. It's something different -- I'm proud of it."

- Child of a deployed parent, Fort Campbell High School

Graduation can be tough with parent deployed

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