Army Transformation has become a reality. It is moving rapidly, asserting the Army’s near-term strategic superiority around the world and developing long-range solutions for information dominance on the future battlefield. Transformation is more than quick-fix improvements in systems, hardware and weaponry. It has been an investment, unfolding throughout the last decade, requiring revolutionary changes to doctrine, organization, materiel, training and leadership. Modernized systems enhanced with the latest information technologies are its backbone, with speed, efficiency and flexibility the new criteria for success. Progress made in developing the Interim Force will propel the smooth transition to the Objective Force. The Army is advancing Transformation from theory to practical application. Soldiers remain at the crux of that change.
This Torchbearer volume is the second series of issue papers devoted to Army Transformation. These articles address major developments in Transformation since publication of the first volume in September 2001. Key points:
- Stryker Brigade Combat Teams have initiated the near-term Transformation with a revamped force structure, rapid reaction capabilities and improved digital assets to ensure the Army maintains its strategic dominance as part of a joint force in the coming decade.
- The Stryker vehicle characterizes the streamlined efficiency and strategic and tactical flexibility of the Interim Force with its common parts and variant configurations. Stryker not only bridges a gap between light and mechanized units but also facilitates transition from current to future capabilities.
- The Future Combat Systems--a mix of manned and unmanned vehicles, sensors and weapons tied together by an advanced communications network--will, by 2008, begin providing the Army with the flexibility, battlefield awareness and increased lethality necessary to ensure soldier survivability and to dominate the 21st century combat zone in a joint environment. At the same time, FCS will dramatically reduce the logistics requirements and deployment time required by today’s Army force.
- Objective Force Warrior and its forerunner, Land Warrior, already have begun revolutionizing the infantry’s combat role. Integrating the infantrymen and their squads into digitized battle networks will add an unprecedented dimension of information and effectiveness to soldiers and the force.
Whether addressing near-term readiness for the Interim Force or long-term dominance for the Objective Force, the soldier remains the pivotal influence for Transformation. The technology and weapon advancements will not override the importance of soldiers--the centerpiece of Army Transformation--making decisions and seizing the initiative in battle.
Key Issues Relevant to The U.S. Army's Transformation to the Objective Force - Volume II
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