Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020

Wednesday February 22, 2012

What is it?

The Army of 2020 is the steady vision that will transition the Army into a future force focused on developing adaptive leaders and organizations, modernizing equipment, and revolutionizing training to strengthen the Army.

What has the Army done?

The chief of staff of the Army has directed U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to lead an effort to design the Army of 2020 to provide national security decision makers greater flexibility in how the Army defends the nation. TRADOC established a task force to develop a strategic narrative that will guide the Army of 2020 and aid in redesigning the force structure of the Army.

What is planned for the future?

Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, will speak about "Leading the Transition to the Army of 2020" during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium, held Feb. 22 through 24, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, director of the Army Capabilities and Integration Center, and Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, will chair a panel discussion with senior Army and industry leaders on the topic of the Army Investment Strategy.

TRADOC's second ILW panel, the Agile Capabilities Lifecycle Process, will be chaired by Brigade Modernization Command's Brig. Gen. Randal Dragon. This panel will highlight how TRADOC capitalizes on technological advances and frequent Soldier evaluation to accelerate modernization at a rate far exceeding traditional acquisition strategies.

TRADOC events at AUSA Winter Symposium

Feb. 22, 2012:
1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Requirements Determination (TRADOC exhibit #1405)

Feb. 23, 2012:
7:30 a.m.- 8:20 a.m. Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, remarks following retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan opening remarks (Floridian Ballroom)
10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. ILW Panel #4 Investment Strategy Approach to Modernizing (Floridian Ballroom)
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. 21st Century Training (TRADOC exhibit #1405)
4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. ILW Panel #6 Agile Capabilities Lifecycle Process (Floridian Ballroom)

Feb. 24, 2012:
9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. The Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force (TRADOC exhibit #1405)

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army of 2020 will deliver the capabilities required to support the Joint Force and to ensure the Army is the nation's adaptive land force for decisive action.


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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Going forward, we will be an Army in transition. An Army that will apply the lessons learned in recent combat as we transition to evolving threats and strategies. An Army that will remain the best manned, best equipped, best trained, and best led force as we transition to a leaner, more agile force that remains adaptive, innovative, versatile and ready as part of Joint Force 2020."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in Marching Orders, which articulates and outlines the Army's guiding principles, characteristics of the future force, and leader expectations.

38th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Marching Orders: America's Force of Decisive Action (PDF)

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