The U.S. Army Operating Concept

Monday August 30, 2010

What is it?

The newly published and revised TRADOC Pam 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept (AOC), 2016-2028 , is a key document in the Army Concept Framework that details how future Army forces will conduct operations as part of the joint force to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in a wide range of contingencies in the future operational environment. It describes the employment of Army forces emphasizing the operational and tactical levels of war. The AOC broadly describes how Army headquarters organize and direct their forces, describes major categories of Army operations, and identifies capabilities required of future Army forces to guide and prioritize force development.

What has the Army done?

The Army is revising its future concept work, the Army Concept Framework. The first step was the publication of the Army Capstone Concept (ACC) in December 2009. Next was the publication of the AOC on Aug. 19, 2010. The third step will be the publication of the Army functional concepts with proposed publication in September 2010.

Why is the AOC important to the Army?

The AOC outlines two broad responsibilities in the conduct of full-spectrum operations: combined arms maneuver and wide area security. The AOC also explores mission command and co-creation of context. Mission command details how leaders empower subordinates and enable prompt decision-making consistent with the commander's intent. Co-creation of context describes how various echelons collaborate to drive operations. The AOC will drive changes in Army doctrine, organizations, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities. Revisions are necessary as future Army forces act, assess, and reassess operational and tactical actions; consolidate gains; and transition as required to keep pace with the dynamic nature of conflict and ensure the attainment of strategic and policy objectives. The AOC further serves as a bridge between the ACC and the functional concepts, and enhances integration of future Army forces with a wide array of domestic and international partners.

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

The Army centers of excellence will build on the ACC and the AOC, to develop revised Army functional concepts. This includes ideas that have been applied in the operating force for years, yet not captured in concept or doctrine. The AOC will help drive capability development, encourage more discussion and further learning, and help to institutionalize operational adaptability across the force.


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