The Army Strategic Planning Guidance - 2012

Friday April 27, 2012

What is it?

The Army Strategic Planning Guidance is Part I of The Army Plan (TAP). It serves as the foundation for strategic planning, priorities, and programming guidance to ensure Army resources are appropriately linked to strategy and will be the guide for evaluating the Army Program.

What has the Army done?

On April 19, the Secretary and Chief of Staff signed the Army Strategic Planning Guidance articulating the Army's vision, imperatives, and priorities.

Army Vision: The Army is globally engaged and regionally responsive; it is an indispensible partner and provider of a full range of capabilities to the combatant commander in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multi-National (JIIM) environment. As part of the Joint Force and as America's army, in all that we offer, we guarantee the ability, versatility and depth to Prevent, Shape and Win.

A force of decisive action that can Prevent, Shape and Win - has four imperatives.
(1) Provide modernized and ready, tailored land force capabilities to meet combatant commanders' requirements across the range of military operations
(2) Develop leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century
(3) Adapt the Army to more effectively provide land power
(4) Sustain the All-Volunteer Army.

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

The Army must transform itself from a force that focuses on counterinsurgency to an Army that is operationally adaptable, able to meet the range of combatant commander requirements as part of the Joint Force, including counterterrorism and irregular warfare; deterring and defeating aggression; projecting power despite anti-access/area denial challenges; countering weapons of mass destruction; operating effectively in cyberspace and in space; maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent; defending the homeland and providing support to civil authorities; providing a stabilizing presence; conducting stability and counterinsurgency operations; and conducting humanitarian, disaster relief and other operations.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army is faced with new challenges and new opportunities that require innovative approaches built on the lessons of the past decade. This guidance provides strategic planning parameters for implementation of the President and the Secretary of Defense's Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.


The Army Strategic Planning Guidance (PDF)

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno's blog: Prevent, Shape, Win

Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"The resulting strategic guidance that we articulate has several primary missions for the Joint Force that clearly require a strong, versatile, expeditionary Army to meet our nation's security needs. Among them are deterring and defeating aggression, conducting irregular warfare, supporting counter terrorism, defending the Homeland, and providing support to civil authorities."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, at the AUSA Winter Symposium

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What They're Saying

"You really are a credit to what this country is all about. I think it's the greatest country in the world, and I have proof that it's the greatest country in the world. I don't need anybody telling me that. I have experienced it firsthand. You, the people in the military, are the apple of our eye. We are always grateful and thankful, because you are the ones that are making this country the free country that it is and the great country that it is."

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