The Army Posture Statement: Support to Operations in Afghanistan

Friday February 24, 2012

What is it?

The 2012 Army Posture Statement highlights the Army's focus areas. Support to operations in Afghanistan is the Army's top priority. The Army provides the best trained and most ready land forces in the world to win the current fight in Afghanistan while maintaining responsiveness for other contingencies. More than a decade into the war in Afghanistan, the Army continues to play a primary role in defending national security interests in this vital theater. The Army is leading efforts on the ground to bring al Qaeda members to justice, thereby denying a safe haven to terrorists.

What has the Army done?

With over 70,000 Soldiers in Afghanistan at peak strength in 2011, the Army's Brigade Combat Teams and Special Operations Forces conducted operations ranging from stability to counterinsurgency. Despite continued challenges and tough conditions, Soldiers made measureable progress against an adaptive enemy. Army Security Force Assistance Teams have trained both Afghan National Army forces (almost 180,000 strong) and Afghan National Police forces (nearly 144,000 men and women in uniform). The increased capability of Afghan Security Forces enables responsibility for security of the country to be returned to the Government of Afghanistan district by district.

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

During the coming year the Army will continue to provide trained and ready forces equipped to support ongoing operations. We will continue to increase the Afghan lead of security responsibilities, target key insurgent leaders, retain and expand secure areas and help Afghan National Security Forces earn the support of the people through improved security capacity and capability.

Why is this important to the Army?

As defense priorities transition from an emphasis on today's wars to preparing for future challenges, the Army remains focused on support to operations in Afghanistan. The Army must avoid being distracted by the future at the risk of the men and women who are still in harm's way. As the Army transitions while still at war, our immediate focus and top priority remains providing the best trained, equipped and ready land forces for Operation Enduring Freedom and other global commitments.

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2012 Army Posture Statement Online

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