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.


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