Institutional Adaptation Marches On!

Friday September 18, 2009

What is it?

For over a year the Army has been adapting its institutions so that the Army thinks, acts and operates as an enterprise by encouraging civilian and military leaders to take a holistic view of Army objectives and resources and empowering them to integrate related functions to effectively and efficiently generate trained and ready forces for combatant commanders and sustain the all-volunteer force. We are revising our modernization strategy and taking steps to build resilience in our Soldiers, families and Army civilians. This is necessary to sustain the Army as the strength of the nation into the future.

What has the Army done?

At the center of this transformation is Institutional Adaptation (IA), which is actively applying an enterprise approach to improve Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) and to reform the requirements and resources processes. First, core enterprise leaders are currently reviewing policies, processes, procedures and strategies that should change to institutionalize ARFORGEN so that the Army reaches its desired fiscal year 2012 boots on ground dwell goals of 1:2 for the active component and 1:4 for the reserve component. Second, the Army commissioned the Reno study en route to developing an agile, value-based requirements development process that identifies, rapidly integrates and sustains needed capabilities for the force and creates a more responsive and realistic process that supports improved management of requirements and resources. The study was completed in June and an initial assessment of its recommendations is ongoing.

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

An IA focused panel is planned to be held at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual meeting at 2 p.m. on October 6. The focus of the panel is "Adapting our Institutions: An Enterprise Approach to Improving ARFORGEN."

Why is this important to the Army?

It is time to adapt the Army's institutions to support an expeditionary Army at war operating on a rotational cycle to ensure the long-term health of the institution. Institutional adaptation seeks to leverage collaborative forums instead of functional "silos" to enable decisions that are best for the Army. These forums are critical to continuously adapt institutional policies, processes, procedures to optimize the Army's outputs. To remain on track to restore balance by 2011, the Army needs to distribute available resources to achieve the optimal balance between effectiveness, efficiency and strategic risk - in short, to achieve readiness at best value.


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2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

September 2009

National Preparedness Month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 17- 18: Medal of Honor ceremonies for Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti (Visit: Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared C. Monti, microsite )

Sept. 18: POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 27: Gold Star Mother's Day


1) "The actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage; they were a culmination of a life of character and commitment."

- President Obama, honoring Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti’s heroism in Afghanistan, at the White House ceremony

President awards Medal of Honor to fallen Soldier’s family

2) "And we honor the actions of his entire patrol, his 'boys' whom he loved and who loved him back ... among them noncommissioned officers who remind us why the Army has designated this 'The Year of the NCO' ... in honor of all those sergeants who are the backbone of America's Army."

- President Obama, at the White House ceremony, paying tribute to those who fell alongside Sgt. 1st Class Monti: Staff Sgt. Patrick Lybert, Pfc. Brian Bradbury and Staff Sgt. Heathe Craig

Presidential Remarks


Sgt. First Class Jared C. Monti, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor

"It's not surprising in any way. I know he knew what he was going up against to help out his Soldier. I know he knew the consequences.... Ultimately, he knew he needed to get his guy."

- Sgt. 1st Class Christopher M. Cunningham, a friend and colleague of then Staff Sgt. Jared C. Monti, and a patrol leader on the ill-fated mission where Monti lost his life

'Soldiers' NCO' earns Medal of Honor for heroic deeds in Afghanistan

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer


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