The Army Equipping Strategy-Building Enduring Readiness
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We remain out of balance. Our all-volunteer force is a national treasure. If we wish to sustain it, Soldiers and their families must be our top priority. For those of us in the Army family, it is the top priority."
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, at the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Army's 2011 fiscal year budget in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23, 2010, reinforces the budget request for $1.7 billion to fund "vital" family programs.
Soldiers, families top Army priorities, leaders say
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"That’s my deal, to challenge NCOs and Soldiers alike to volunteer at something. It makes the time go by over here faster and it gives you a good feeling."
- Staff Sgt. Steven C. Staley, an information network analyst at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, known for his selfless volunteerism and his sense of humor, believes that volunteering is the right thing to do and that it is contagious.
'Snake Man' embodies humor
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
African American History Month See Web site: African Americans in the U.S. Army
Feb. 12-28: XXI Olympic Winter Games, British Columbia, Canada - See U.S. Army Olympians Web site
Feb. 22- Mar. 1: Military Saves Week (See Military Saves Web site)
Feb. 24- 26: AUSA Winter Symposium
Women’s History Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Mar. 18: Army Day
Mar. 25: Medal of Honor Day (See U.S. Army Medal of Honor Web site)
The Army Equipping Strategy-Building Enduring Readiness
Note: This is the third STAND-TO! in a series of three on the Army's Equipping Strategy
What is it?
The Army's Equipping Strategy describes the Army plan to achieve equipment balance across the force while engaged in persistent conflict. The strategy encompasses three major lines of operation: Army Force Generation Model (ARFORGEN)-based equipping, managing friction, and building enduring readiness. Building enduring readiness is targeted at the institutional processes of the Army.
What has the Army done?
To build enduring readiness, the Army must continually adjust equipping goals and guidance. This allows the Army to bring resources into alignment with ARFORGEN-Based Equipping. The Army must focus on management policies and structure to transform the Institutional Army. We must continuously examine new and existing requirements, review requirements based on unit missions-not just unit design, update old policies and procedures that do not support an ARFORGEN Army, update reporting procedures to provide a more accurate picture of a unit's readiness status-all while maintaining the ability to "surge" forces rapidly when necessary.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's Equipping Strategy is a living document that will change to meet the current situation. The Army is updating the 2009 Equipping Strategy by utilizing lessons learned, input from the field, and changes to the strategic and fiscal landscapes. Some key areas that are being addressed are: the predicted reduction in future demands for deployed forces and the corresponding increases in the demand for equipment to conduct full-spectrum operations training; and the integration of, what is currently, non-standard equipment such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Armored Vehicles.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army Equipping Strategy provides an affordable means to ensure Soldiers operating within ARFORGEN have the right equipment amounts, types and modernization to meet their mission requirements-whether in combat, training for combat, operating as part of the generating force, or conducting Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities missions.
STAND-TO! Edition, Sept. 4, 2009: The Army Equipping Strategy- Equipping an ARFORGEN-Based Army
STAND-TO! Edition, Jan. 15, 2010: The Army Equipping Strategy- Lines of Operation
Army Equipping Strategy
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