Unified Quest 2011 Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security Tabletop Wargame

Thursday February 10, 2011

What is it?

The fifth major event in the Unified Quest 2011 series focuses on further developing the two central ideas in the recently published Army Operating Concept: Combined Arms Maneuver (CAM) and Wide Area Security (WAS). This tabletop wargame, Feb. 7-11, supports the Army's Campaign of Learning by examining how these ideas will impact the way future Army forces conduct operations in a variety of settings. It will help identify what capabilities the future Army requires and explore how Army forces could be better organized to conduct CAM and WAS in the context of the Army Concept Framework (ACF).

What has the Army done?

The Unified Quest Future Study Plan is the Chief of Staff of the Army's primary mechanism to explore enduring challenges and the conduct of operations in a future operational environment. The Army Operating Concept describes the employment of Army forces in the 2016-2028 timeframe with emphasis on the operational and tactical levels of war. The central idea of the Army Operating Concept is that "succeeding in future armed conflict requires Army forces capable of combined arms maneuver and wide area security within the context of joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational efforts."

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

Insights from this wargame will contribute significantly to the future revision of FM 3-0 and doctrine at the corps and division level. In addition, the event will support the identification of learning demands for use in various related experiments over the next year.

Why is this important for the Army?

The future Army must retain the ability to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in a wide array of contingencies. The challenges of future armed conflict make it imperative the Army produce leaders and forces who exhibit a high degree of operational adaptability. Achieving the necessary level of operational adaptability requires Army forces capable of conducting full-spectrum operations against hybrid threats by building upon a foundation of two broad responsibilities: combined arms maneuver and wide area security.

The insights gained form this wargame will impact the Army's capstone doctrine and guide decisions about how the future Army should be organized.


Army Capstone Concept

Army Operating Concept

STAND-TO! edition, Aug. 30, 2010:The U.S. Army Operating Concept

"A Dialogue About Our Army: A Campaign of Learning to Achieve Institutional Adaptation" Army Magazine, November 2010





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"And in that environment we have to be able to perform both wide area security and combined arms maneuver. And one is not a lesser-included mission of the other. They are both equally important."

- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, TRADOC commanding general, in his video posted September 2010 where he discusses the Army Operating Concept, emphasizes that importance of the two central ideas within the future operating environment.

Video: Gen. Dempsey discusses a framework for Army adaption (7:33-7:47)


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