Army Warfighting Challenges

Thursday May 13, 2010

What is it?

Army Warfighting Challenges (AWFCs) are current and mid-term military problems and gaps that help define capabilities needed for current and future force combat effectiveness. The Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) identifies AWFCs using national and defense policy, strategy, and directives in conjunction with Joint and Army policy, doctrine, and concepts. TRADOC refines the AWFCs list through observations, insights, and lessons learned from current operations, along with experiments, war games, studies, and analyses. Using multiple sources provides an integrated approach to identifying our most critical problems and helps ensure AWFCs are relevant.

Interim solutions to AWFCs guide Army concept and force development work, as well as research and development; learning plans associated with AWFCs help prioritize experimentation, seminars and war games.

What has the Army done?

Every year, the Army Centers of Excellence, Combined Arms Center (CAC), and Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) identify AWFCs. In August 2009, the ARCIC Concept Development and Learning Directorate began Learning Demands, and the TRADOC commanding general, approved the FY11/12 AWFCs in December 2009. ARCIC launched a milSuite MilWiki site in March 2010 to foster idea exchange among stakeholders. You can help us identify and refine current and future capabilities.

Why is it important to the Army?

Because our Army must adapt continuously, it is essential for those responsible for force development to connect and collaborate with the operating force. Not limited to operating forces, adaptability extends to the generating force. Generating force leaders must think critically about the implications of a dynamic operational environment and evolving threats to our national security. The generating force must continually assess and adapt to align modernization, readiness, and capability development processes to ensure the operating force has the doctrine, training, organization, leader development, education and materiel needed to fight and win.

What has the Army planned for the future?

TRADOC will track AWFC resolution throughout the Army, Joint Staff, and Joint Forces Command as part of the Campaign of Learning. The campaign will inform and influence key Army processes that deliver capabilities to Soldiers, including Total Army Analysis; Integrated Capability Packages; Research, Development, Test & Evaluation; Program Evaluation Groups; and Program Objective Memoranda.

Resources:

Please review and comment on AWFCs at: milSuite MilWiki site. AWFCs can help you codify and track Joint and Army concept and experimentation issues.

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- Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, assistant surgeon general of Warrior Care and Transition and commander of the Warrior Transition Command, hopes the warriors will take their new Olympic spirit home and inspire their comrades and battle buddies.

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- Sgt. Robert Price, a below-the-knee amputee, the first servicemember to carry the torch for the Wounded Warrior Games, was given the honor of torch bearer because he made sure other Soldiers had the opportunity to compete as well.

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