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The U.S. Army's Transformation to the Objective Force
04/21/2003

Army Transformation is on the move. The undertaking is ambitious and irreversible. For the effort to be enduring, a cultural reinvention is required throughout the ranks. That reinvention has already taken hold and is manifesting itself in current logistics, maintenance, training, planning and knowledge management activities. The Objective Force will have an unprecedented structure, appearance and lethality on the battlefield. Its support corps will exhibit a similarly radical form and function with expanded information exchange, streamlined resource management, reduced supply lines and integrated joint-service considerations.

Responsive speed and joint operations are critical factors to Army Transformation. Recent events in Southwest Asia have illustrated the importance of faster deployability, in-theater mobility and logistical sustainment. Speed is not only a battlefield function but also a factor of improved industrial production and fielding. Information systems are as vital to the Army’s “global reach” capability as its troops and equipment on the ground. The mutual benefit of jointness integrates forces, allowing the Army and its fellow services to arrive as a readily lethal package. Developments made in technology, resourcing and industrial advancements improve cost-effectiveness and share the wealth across the forces.

This Torchbearer volume is the third series of issue papers devoted to Army Transformation. These articles address major developments in Transformation, particularly in combat service support functions, since publication of Volume II in August 2002. Key points:

Fuel cell technology stems from the Army’s successful partnerships with civilian industry and researchers. The developments address pressing global and environmental realities. Moreover, nontraditional energy sources correlate directly to Objective Force requirements to reduce the logistics bulk that slows rapid strike capabilities and hinders mission flexibility.
• The Joint Munitions Command streamlines ammunition readiness across the services. Improved production, distribution and accountability measures assure warfighting units arrive in hostile locations with sufficient lethality and sustainability for survival and dominance.
Virtual Planning, Operations, Rehearsal, Training and Simulation will use digital technology for timely information access to those who need it most. From crucial data for operators and mechanics, to training and rehearsal applications, VPORTS will eliminate the clutter and delay of stovepipe systems.
• Today’s Battle Labs are building on their successful records of analytical modeling and simulation to continue assessing current and evolving warfighting doctrines, stressing information accessibility, real-time and multilocation participation and an emphasis on joint operations.

These developments reinforce the importance of soldiers at the center of Army Transformation. Soldiers constitute the mind of the organization. They make key decisions every day to win tactically, operationally and strategically while assuring the service’s continued dominance in the 21st century. Soldiers are the muscle that gets the pieces in place, puts the assets into action, and wins and
holds terrain. Today’s soldiers are embracing the Army’s changing culture and doctrine and are ensuring genuine Transformation for those soldiers who inherit the Army of the future.

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