The Army Posture Statement: A Leaner Army

Friday March 9, 2012

What is it?

As the nation's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end, the Army will transition to a leaner stance. Throughout this process, the Army will maintain a balanced, ready, and modernized force, fully capable of meeting all obligations to the nation and committed to shaping the force for the future. The leaner Army will be fundamentally different than today's force. The adaptive, innovative, flexible, agile, and integrated capabilities of the Army will ensure that national security decision-makers will have flexibility for defense of the nation at home and abroad.

What has the Army done?

Over the past year, the Army completed its mission in Iraq and commenced the drawdown of surge forces in Afghanistan through the continuing transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces. The Army has planned the reductions in end-strength within budgetary constraints, initiated efforts to rebalance force structure, and made investment decisions to shape the Army of 2020 as part of the Joint Force"all during a time of war.

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

To meet a wide range of security requirements a leaner Army will have to make difficult choices. The Army will eliminate redundant capabilities and reduce the cost of doing business by finding efficiencies in overhead, business practices and other activities. The Army will draw down in a manner that preserves readiness and avoids any hollowing of the force. To satisfy this enduring requirement, the Army will continuously assess and adjust three rheostats: end strength/force structure, readiness, and modernization. These three foundational imperatives will be refined throughout the next several years to provide combatant commanders trained and ready forces in support of Joint Force 2020.

Why is this important to the Army?

The dynamic global security environment and current budget constraints require the Army to adjust and reduce its size. The Army must also remain flexible, capable, ready, and technologically advanced to meet the nation's requirements while maintaining an ability to reverse course and readily expand if necessary. During this transition and end-strength reduction, the Army must maintain a commitment to Soldiers, families, and civilians that is commensurate with their service and sacrifice.


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