...it is the United States Army that, every day, is going on the offensive against the violent extremists who killed 3,000 men, women and children on September 11th, 2001. They've had to serve not just as soldiers, but as diplomats; not just as warfighters, but as peacekeepers. And with every new challenge, they have demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion.
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
FM 1: The Army -C0NTRIBUTIONS TO THE JOINT FORCE
As technologies have evolved, the context for Army operations has changed from Service independence through joint interoperability to joint interdependence.
Joint interdependence means each Service depends on the others and on the joint force for key capabilities. It is the purposeful combination of Service capabilities to maximize their total complementary and reinforcing effects while minimizing their relative vulnerabilities.
The challenges of the security environment, complexity of unified action, and capabilities required to conduct full spectrum operations make joint interdependence imperative.
At the strategic level, joint interdependence allows each Service to divest itself of redundant functions that another Service provides better. Interdependence allows the Army to focus on developing capabilities that only land forces can provide. The combination of multiple and diverse joint force capabilities creates military effects more potent than the effects produced by any Service alone.
Army forces further enhance their effectiveness through close coordination with interagency partners. By understanding the capabilities of other agencies, commanders can add diplomatic, informational and economic depth to their military efforts.
Synchronizing military power with other instruments of national power substantially improves the joint force's strategic capabilities.
Source: FM 1: Chapter 3
MDW ceremonial units and Soldiers will participate in the theatrical/musical performance Spirit of America, an exciting performance that showcases and honors Soldiers past, present and future, 9-10 Sept. Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York; 16-17 September, MCI Center, Washington, DC and 23-24 September, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH. Event will feature one or more of the following exhibits, the Multiple Exhibit Vehicle (MEV1), the Adventure Van (AV3), or The Dragster. A Future Soldiers ceremony will be held at each venue. Ticket requests are being handled by each arena. For ticket information for Rochester call 585-758-5330; Washington call 202-628-3200 and Cleveland, 216-420-2200.