Transform

Wednesday April 21, 2010

What is it?

Transformation is a continuous process that sets the conditions for success against both near-term and future enemies. Our goals for transformation include continued modular reorganization to create a more deployable, adaptable, and versatile force; fielding advanced technologies to ensure our Soldiers retain their technological edge; systematically building and sustaining readiness as we operationalize the reserve components; restationing forces to complete the requirements of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) statutes; and Soldier and leader development to produce the next generation of agile and adaptive military and civilian leaders.

What has the Army done?

In 2009 we made significant gains in transforming the force. Accomplishments include:
- The Army is 88 percent complete on the modular conversion of its brigades. The FY 11 budget will support the near completion of this process.
- The Army developed a new incremental capability package approach to modernization which will allow mature, Soldier-tested, proven technologies to be prioritized, bundled in time, and fielded to the force more quickly than ever before.
- The Army activated the 162nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Polk, La., providing a dedicated and enduring capability for preparing combat advisors to train and build capacity in foreign security forces.
- The Army built a leader development strategy that balances experience, greater opportunities for professional education, and training in full spectrum operations.
For more on what the Army has accomplished, see the 2010 Army Posture Statement at Army Posture Statement Web site

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

Highlights from the FY11 President's Budget include:
- Invests nearly $3.2 billion in BCT modernization programs that include procurement of the first incremental change packages for Infantry BCTs; additional research, development, testing, and evaluation funding for subsequent change packages; and initial development of the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV).
- Provides funds to begin equipping a 13th Combat Aviation Brigade.
- Supports the increase in ISR platforms to include the Raven, Shadow, and Extended Range/Multi-Purpose, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the Extended Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System.

Why is this important to the Army?

Since 2004, the Army has been transforming to provide combatant commanders tailored, strategically responsive forces that can dominate across the spectrum of conflict. Transformation is not an endstate, but rather a continuous process that will enable us to maintain dominance into the future.

Resources:

Army Posture Statement Web site

Related STAND-TO! editions

STAND-TO! Edition, March 4, 2010: 2010 Army Posture Statement
STAND-TO! Edition, March 17, 2010: Sustain
STAND-TO! Edition, March 31, 2010: Prepare
STAND-TO! Edition, April 7, 2010: Reset

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