Restoring Balance with the Four Imperatives: Sustain, Prepare, Reset, & Transform

Monday March 21, 2011

What is it?

Four years ago we established four imperatives to restore balance to the Army. We must continue to sustain the Army's Soldiers, families and civilians; prepare forces for success in the current conflicts; reset returning units; and transform the Army to meet the demands of the second decade of the 21st century.

What has the Army done?

Though we remain heavily engaged in persistent conflict, the Army is regaining balance. We've improved our ability to sustain the Army's Soldiers, families and civilians. Critical to this was our ability to increase dwell time between deployments and to meet and exceed recruitment and retention goals. The Army has continued providing Soldiers, civilians and their families the best possible care, support and services. We maintain the Warrior Care and Transition Program through our ably led and well resourced Warrior Transition Teams and continue to honor the sacrifice of our fallen by supporting surviving family members.

Properly preparing our Soldiers for combat against a ruthless and dedicated enemy is critical to mission success. We have integrated the last of the Soldiers authorized by the temporary end strength increase. We continue our commitment to leader, individual and collective training in order to remain mentally, physically and emotionally agile. We have also started to fully embrace our rotational model, Army Force Generation, to provide a steady, predictable flow of trained and ready forces to meet the Nation's need across the spectrum of conflict.

The Army continues to reset our unit's Soldiers, families and equipment in order to ensure a quality force and a level of readiness for the complex range of future missions. We continue every effort to revitalize Soldiers and families. We continue the responsible drawdown in Iraq while simultaneously building capability in Afghanistan. We have repaired, replaced and recapitalized our equipment. We also maintained our focus on retraining Soldiers, units and leaders in order to effectively reset the force.

Finally, in order to provide combatant commanders with tailored, strategically responsive forces that can dominate across the spectrum of conflict in an uncertain threat environment, the Army continues to transform our operating force by building versatile, agile units capable of adapting to changing environments. We have done this by almost completing our modular reorganization, fielding advanced technologies, investing in our reserve component, completing requirements of the Congressional mandated Base Realignment and Closure statute, and focusing on Soldier and leader development. For more on what the Army has accomplished see the 2011 Army Posture Statement .

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

The four imperatives necessary for restoring balance are not an endstate, but rather a continuous process that will enable us to maintain dominance into the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

For nearly a decade, the Army has been operating at an exhausting pace. High operational demands have stressed our ability to supply trained and ready forces during most of this period. Through the successful implementation of the four imperatives, we have been able to make great strides toward restoring balance to the force. This helps sustain our all-volunteer Army, ensuring that it is trained, ready, resilient and prepared for the future strategic environment.


2011 Army Posture Statement





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