America's Army...[is] transforming to meet future threats. We are in the midst of rebuilding our existing Brigade Combat Teams that recently returned from deployment into future Brigade Units of Action: smaller, yet more modular, independent, and powerful units able to plug into theater-level logistics anywhere around the world.
Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army
Army Modular Force
The Army is undergoing its largest restructuring since World War II. This restructuring will transition the Army to a modular force capable of providing increased combat power by the Army's active duty forces by 30 percent and make available the Army's overall pool of warfighting forces by 60 percent. The total number of brigades will increase from 33 to 43.
The goal for this larger pool of available forces is to enable the Army to generate forces in a rotational manner. At the current operational tempo, this modular force structure will allow Active Component Soldiers to spend at least two years at home following each deployed year, at least four years at home following each deployed year for the Army Reserve Soldiers, and five years at home following each deployed year for National Guardsmen.
Some points of Army Modular Force:
- Creating an Army Modular Force is the Army's major force transformation initiative involving the total redesign of the operational Army into a larger, more powerful, flexible, and rapidly deployable force.
- The Army is restructuring from a division-based to a brigade-based force, consisting of self-sufficient, brigade-based modules that will greatly improve strategic responsiveness.
- Brigade Combat Teams - the center of the redesign - are stand-alone, self-sufficient, and standardized tactical units that consist of between 3,500 and 4,000 Soldiers, organized the way they fight.
- Modular supporting brigades will provide aviation, fires, logistics, and other support to the Brigade Combat Teams, will create greater operational autonomy, and enhance joint, interagency, and multi-national operations.
- New higher headquarters will enable command and control of any combination of Army capabilities and will also be capable of serving as the core of joint or multinational Task Force headquarters.
- Eliminated is an entire echelon of command above brigade headquarters, moving from three levels to two.
- Creating an Army Modular Force will provide more training time, predictable deployment schedules, and a continuous supply of landpower to Combatant Commanders and Civil Authorities
See the video: Colonel Rickey Smith from the U.S. Army Futures Center at TRADOC presents the Army's Modular Force
Source:Modular Forces: Transforming to Accomplish the Mission
UPDATE on BRAC
BRAC Commission recommendations become law