The Army Posture Statement: Responsible Stewardship

Friday March 2, 2012

What is it?

The Army must be responsible stewards by identifying how to improve processes and operate faster, smarter, cheaper and better. As savings are found, the Army must maintain critical operational capabilities, sustain force structure, maintain family service programs and invest in needed modernization. The Army is transforming the Institutional Army, reforming the acquisition process and implementing energy security initiatives.

What has the Army done?

The Institutional Army has been working to provide "readiness at best value" to help operate within the constraints imposed by the national and global economic situation. To enhance organizational adaptive capacity while shepherding resources, the Army initiated a number of efforts to adapt institutional business processes, such as the Army Financial Improvement Plan, enabling the Army to achieve full auditability by fiscal year 2017.

As a result of uncertain funding, insufficient contract oversight and an ineffective requirement determination process, the Army initiated a significant reform of the way products and weapons are developed and acquired. As part of this acquisition reform initiative, the Army has taken steps toward improvement through a series of capability portfolio reviews.

The Army also considers energy in all activities to reduce demand, increase efficiency, obtain alternative sources and create a culture of energy accountability.

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

Increasing efficiency and improving our processes and systems will continue to make the Army responsible stewards of decreasing resources. In the future, the Army will continue to make the Institutional Army more flexible by improving the ability to quickly adapt to changing environments, missions and priorities. Based on findings and recommendations of a comprehensive review of the acquisition process, the Army will fix an inefficient procurement system that too often wastes precious resources and fails to provide needed systems in a timely manner. Also, the Army is developing energy policies, plans and practices for installations to implement efficient and renewable energy use and sustainable programs that support achievement of the Army's sustainability goals.

Why is this important to the Army?

We must be the very best stewards of the resources provided to us, as they are too precious to waste. Transforming the Institutional Army, reforming our acquisition process and ensuring energy security are essential for us to make maximum use of the resources provided by the Congress and American people.

Resources:

2012 Army Posture Statement Online
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