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The U.S. Army's Strategic Imperatives
09/30/2001

AUSA stands firm in the belief that a potent landpower force is an essential part of a balanced and complementary set of military capabilities necessary to guarantee the national security interests of the United States. Landpower, supported by sea- and airpower, is the ultimate determinant of success in war. Only an army can control an enemy's land, infrastructure, resources and people. AUSA believes:
  • The United States is a global power with global interests. We cannot build a wall, put our heads in the sand, and hope all of the world's problems will not affect us.
  • In order to meet challenges abroad, our forces must pursue engagement strategies in peacetime. Programs like the National Guard State Partnership Program are an especially vital tool for shaping the inter-national environment before a crisis erupts.
  • Forward presence still counts. Having forward-deployed forces will allow
  • the United States to project power where and when required. Our U.S. Army forces in Europe are a vital part of this forward presence engagement strategy.
  • The Army brings vital tools to the table for confronting the anti-access challenges of the future. A balanced force of land-, air- and seapower is essential for overcoming these efforts to prevent America from defending her interests.
  • Ours is a world of uncertainty. The threats to our interests are more complex and diverse than ever before. Therefore, the Army must be a force that is strategically responsive and dominant at every point on the spectrum of operations.


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