Unified Quest 2008: Army Future Game Impresses Participants with Intellectual Rigor, Circumspection.

Wednesday June 4, 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.

What has the Army done?

Every year, the Army undertakes rigorous examination of itself and the future operating environment to inform the development of future capabilities for the Army and the nation. Here's what some Army Future Game participants had to say about this year's campaign of learning:

- According to Maj. Gen. David Fastabend, Army G-3/5/7, "the Army doesn't necessarily have the answers, but the Army is willing to ask the questions. We're willing to ask the questions in concert with our collaborators and the other services and across the interagency and our multinational partners- ask the questions and go where the answers take us."

- Lt. Gen. David Barno, National Defense University, agreed: "I think its very healthy sign that the Army has continued year after year to want to look at itself in a very critical manner." He added that many interagency partners were impressed by the Army's "willingness to look at itself and involve so many other people in that process. That's very helpful."

- Among those impressed was Prof. Jo-Anne Hart of Brown University, who noted that "in my experience the Army is genuinely willing to listen to outside points of view."

- Retired state department employee Reed Fendrick shared this assessment, applauding "the dedication and the candor with which our best military officers operate, and I think the frankness is something many institutions could achieve and could emulate very well and I'm very proud and pleased to work with them."

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Unified Quest 2009 campaign of learning commences this August. For more information on the Army Future Game and Unified Quest, visit: Unified Quest Web site .

Why is this important to the Army?

To help Army leaders make hard decisions about the future, Unified Quest asks difficult questions--and it does not flinch from uncomfortable answers. In so doing, Unified Quest enables responsible stewardship of American resources while ensuring that the next generation of American Soldiers is prepared for the challenges ahead.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

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

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  • Army sexual assaults top all services combined (AT)
  • DOD to spend $1.65 billion on new cargo trucks (AT)
  • Long Knives start deploying to Iraq (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Video: Admiral: Bush doesn't want war with Iran (CNN)
  • Iran is roadblock in U.S.-Iraq security deal (PI)
  • With Iraq toll down, U.S. more optimistic (CSM)
  • Syria refuses to allow nuclear inspectors at 3 suspect sites (BG)
  • Audio: Canada bears brunt of fighting in South Afghanistan (NPR)

OF INTEREST

  • VA denies money a factor in PTSD diagnoses (AT)
  • Walter Reed patient data exposed (FCW)
  • Military alliance with U.S. boosted (WT)
  • U.S. opens site for processing Iraqi refugees (WP)
  • Pricing czar pitched to rein in Pentagon (WT)
  • 'Fair, open, just, honest' (NW)
  • See related blog: Chief Gitmo judge defends tribunals (MH)

WORLD VIEW

  • Khamenei says Iran will continue nuclear work (IHT | Story)
  • Olmert talks tough on Iran's nuclear programme (IHT | Story)
  • China to host Japanese warship (FT | Story)
  • U.S. aid ships to leave Burma (BBC | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Related to article in Interest: Army gets defensive about Gitmo judge's removal (TPM)
  • Army: Sun, not man, is causing climate change (Wired)
  • New York adjutant general visits (BN)
  • Do you have military ID? (SP)
  • Iraq endgame (WPR)
  • Doubting North Korea (WPR)
  • Mission accomplished (SB)
  • Mother's guilt and redeployment (KDIHH)
  • Ross McGinnis - receives Medal of Honor this morning (BF)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

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

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

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Army leadership is committed to taking care of every Soldier regardless of whether they are ill, injured or have a psychological diagnosis. But our responsibility really doesn't start and stop there. Just as we don't wait for Soldiers to get malaria when they deploy them, we employ the full range of prevention, mitigation and treatment strategies...We do all the things we can to prevent and reduce risk and then, if they still get the disease, we apply scientifically tested and specific treatments to cure it, with the expectation of full recovery and return to the force."

- Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, assistant surgeon general for force protection

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