U.S. Army Europe Campaign Plan

Wednesday January 18, 2012

What is it?

The U.S. Army Europe Campaign Plan 2012-2014 is a capstone document that describes what USAREUR does as an organization and provides a vision for its future. It is nested with the Army's Strategic Planning Guidance (ASPG) and U.S. European Command's Strategy for Active Security (SAS). The plan is more than a concisely written document; it is a dynamic, automated and authoritative tool which allows access and input from top to bottom -- from leadership to end user. It is not a battle plan but is a roadmap for the members of the organization. It facilitates synchronization of collective efforts by correlating tasks to events, activities, and actions happening throughout the command. The product gives the commander a comprehensive, useful means to monitor and adjust the complex operations ongoing across the span and into the depth of USAREUR.

What has the Army done?

In the fall of 2011, the USAREUR staff was directed to produce a means to assist the commander in "the science of command" by developing a comprehensive plan that both articulates what the organization does as well as a means to link those tasks with lines of effort and, ultimately, strategic objectives. The plan was formally unveiled at the USAREUR Senior Leader Forum, a meeting of the organization's senior leaders (O6 and above) for the purposes of leader development and cross-talk.

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

The USAREUR Campaign Plan is designed as a living document able to be adjusted and adapted as necessary with a thorough review/re-write every two years. Assessment methodology is currently under development as a part of this plan and will be rolled out in the near future.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army and our European partners are transforming at a rapid pace. In a time when the nation and the Army are adjusting to global economic challenges and shifts in security focus, Army forces in Europe continue to play a pivotal role in preventing future conflicts while prevailing in current ones but must do so as efficiently and effectively as possible. This campaign plan provides a vision for success - embracing change while focused upon and capable of meeting our nation's strategic and operational goals.

Resources:

USAREUR Campaign Plan
U.S. Army Strategic Planning Guidance (PDF)
U.S. Army Europe

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