Army Aviation Aim Point

Monday April 18, 2011

What is it?

The Army Aviation Aim Point is the term used to describe the Army Aviation Enterprise's focus for modernization in the years beyond 2020.

What has the Army done?

The lifespan of the Army's current fleet of combat rotary wing aircraft will end in the 2030 timeframe. No future incremental investment will adequately extend their lifecycles. The Army Aviation branch, in collaboration with Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), is assessing the future operating environment to develop a Doctrine, Training, Material, Leader and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) solution to fill that future capability gap.

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

TRADOC is considered the Army's architect and it "thinks for the Army" to meet the demands of a nation while simultaneously anticipating solutions to tomorrow's challenges. Similarly, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) "thinks for Army Aviation."

The Aviation Enterprise, made up from senior Army leaders across USAACE, HQDA G3/5/7 Aviation, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM), Program Executive Office Aviation (PEO Aviation), Forces Command (FORSCOM), Special Operations Aviation, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and Army Aviation leaders worldwide, is working collaboratively to address future capability gaps and is exploring future vertical lift technologies to complement existing capabilities.

The Enterprise is focused on validating assumptions to better define future Aviation capabilities needed to meet the challenges of future armed conflict. The extent to which ground maneuver commanders will require Aviation capabilities such as lift, attack or reconnaissance is unknown. What is known is that Army Aviation must have leaders, force structure and platforms that allow for operational adaptability in supporting maneuver forces that will execute full-spectrum operations against hybrid threats for two principle responsibilities - combined arms maneuver and wide area security.

Why is this important to the Army?

Today, Army Aviation is the most sought- after combat enabler and the demand is not expected to decrease. However, the Aviation branch cannot remain focused on current conflicts. To remain relevant in the future security environment, Army Aviation is acting now to ensure the Army's future maneuver commanders have the aviation capabilities needed to achieve overwhelming combat power and defeat the enemy's will to fight while also incorporating a range of civil and military capabilities to achieve strategic goals and objectives.

Resources:

U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command

Aviation Branch chief: 'The time to look forward is now'

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We've got to look beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to be informed by it, but we need to look beyond where we are today so we know where we're going in the future to meet that end state … And we've got to set an aim point and drive to that aim point, and not move it. And we have to do this rapidly to meet the needs of commanders worldwide today and in the future. We may not get it all right but we cannot afford to get it all wrong. The time to look forward is now."

- Brig. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, at the annual Association of the U.S. Army's Aviation Symposium in Maryland, Jan. 14

Aviation Branch chief: 'The time to look forward is now'

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"ALC 2015 emphasizes integrated training. What a great concept. If we can integrate long-haul between the different (centers of excellence) without having to go to a different location to do a joint exercise, it is going to benefit our Army, save us money and give us command and control training that we really need."

- Lt. Col. Craig Unrath, Fort Rucker deputy director of simulation, speaks about the Army Learning Concept 2015 demonstration, which is designed to provide a look into future training capabilities and how these would be implemented by the Army's training institutions, at the annual Army Aviation Association of America convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

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