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Torchbearer National Security Reports

Torchbearer National Security Reports are designed to focus attention and action on the critical defense issues facing our nation as it enters the 21st century. These messages are sent to the leadership of the the United States Army and the Department of Defense, selected segments of the American public, members of Congress, key congressional staff, industry and the administration.

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U.S. Army Aviation: Balancing Current and Future Demands
"U.S. Army Aviation: Balancing Current and Future Demands" (Torchbearer National Security Report, January 2008) discusses how the vertical dimension of landpower--the manned and unmanned platforms of Army aviation--is crucial to the nation's continued ability to control land and influence people and populations on the battlefields of the 21st century. Army aviation has been and continues to be at the forefront of developing new methods of defeating adversaries across the entire spectrum of operations. The Army has a comprehensive, effective plan to exploit these capabilities now and in the foreseeable future, but to ensure that the Army can continue to provide a warfighting capability to combatant commanders and prepare for the future, full, timely and predictable funding is required.

Key Issues Relevant to Army Intelligence Transformation
(Torchbearer National Security Report, July 2007, PDF 1.7MB)
Discusses the importance of actionable intelligence, which enables a high level of shared situational understanding. When delivered with speed, accuracy and timeliness, actionable intelligence allows commanders and Soldiers to operate at their highest potential and conduct successful operations. Four key vectors discussed in the report allow Army Intelligence to support the Army in all threat environments--traditional, irregular, disruptive and catastrophic. Fully transformed Army Intelligence will not only support ongoing operations, it will also guard against potential threats across the full spectrum of current and future operations.

Installations as Flagships for Soldier and Family Readiness and Quality of Life
(Torchbearer National Security Report, April 2007, PDF 2.16M ) Discusses the Army’s installations as “flagships of readiness” and outlines what must be done to maintain a high quality of life for Soldiers and their families. Installations are essential to supporting an expeditionary Army at war, providing the platforms from which the Army generates, projects and supports significant portions of America’s landpower. Over the next five years, the Army will invest more than $37 billion in Military Construction to support Base Realignment and Closure decisions, Global Defense Posture Realignment, the modular force conversion and quality-of-life projects. For the Army to meet these requirements, Congress must increase base and supplemental funding to properly resource installations. Fulfilling this commitment to Soldier and family readiness and quality of life is nonnegotiable.

A Transformed and Modernized U.S. Army: A National Imperative
(Torchbearer National Security Report, April 2007, PDF 1.3M) Provides an in-depth analysis of the Army’s modernization plan—centered on Future Combat Systems technologies and a holistic, system-of-systems approach—to prepare the Army for success in the complex environment of the 21st century. The Army is modernizing to enable Soldiers and leaders, as part of a joint force, to dominate in any environment against current and emerging threats. Future Combat Systems, the centerpiece of Army modernization, is an integrated combat suite of multiple, interdependent systems that leverage common designs. As the centerpiece of the Army’s first comprehensive modernization in decades, FCS will ensure the Army retains the combat advantage in critical capabilities—net-centricity, mobility and a more efficient use of materiel and personnel—for the foreseeable future.

Sustaining the Mission, Preserving the Environment, Securing the Future
(Torchbearer National Security Report, February 2007, PDF ) Briefly describes Army Sustainability, an effort to use our natural resources so that they are not depleted or permanently damaged. As part of this effort, the Army is developing and implementing initiatives that address the "triple bottom line" of mission, environment and community. A sustainable Army simultaneously meets current and future mission requirements worldwide, safeguards human health, improves quality of life, and enhances the natural environment. It is essential to ensuring the Army is able to protect America's people, land, values and way of life for the foreseeable future.

The U.S. Army's Role in Stability Operations
(Torchbearer National Security Report, August 2006, PDF 1.2M) Analyzes the resources required for successful stability operations in a war zone. Stability operations—the military and civilian activities conducted across the entire spectrum of operations from stable peace to general war, to establish and maintain order in states and regions—are now given the same weight as offensive and defensive combat operations and are considered a critical part of U.S. military operations. However, recent experiences have reinforced the notion that successful stability operations demand enhanced interagency coordination, with clear lines of authority that result in a unified effort applying all elements of national power—diplomatic, informational, military, economic, financial, intelligence and law enforcement. What is needed to ensure success is a directed, integrated, fully funded approach to stability operations that incorporates all of the relevant U.S. military and civilian organizations.

The U.S. Army's Information Revolution: Delivering Information Dominance to the Warfighter
(Torchbearer National Security Report, August 2006) Explores the Army's plan to revolutionize its information systems, infrastructure and processes, detailing five critical components of this plan to deliver information dominance to the warfighter: LandWarNet; Information Technology on Installations; Army Knowledge Management; Information Assurance; and Army Information Business Transformation. As warfighting becomes increasingly network-centric, the Army knows it must deliver information dominance to the warfighter to ensure that Soldiers will have strategic-, operational- and tactical-level superiority in all security environments.

Accelerating Momentum: The Stryker Brigade Combat Team as a Learning Organization
(Torchbearer National Security Report, PDF, June 2006) Provides an in-depth analysis of the capabilities of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), the result of the Army's effort to develop a unique operational capability to reduce vulnerability. The SBCTs' firepower, mobility, protection and superior situational awareness have allowed them to dominate the battlefields in which they have been engaged and have provided a learning platform/organization to prepare the Army for the FCS BCT. The SBCT is playing a vital role in accelerating the momentum of Army transformation and modernization to become a more capable, relevant and vital member of the 21st century Joint Force.

2006 and Beyond: What the U.S. Army is Doing (04/03/2006)
(Torchbearer National Security Report, 6.8Mb, March 2006) Provides an in-depth analysis of the Army's plan for 2006, focusing on its resources, capabilities and manpower to ensure that it will remain the preeminent landpower on Earth. The Army is preparing itself for this challenge by restructuring/redesigning the current force; thinking/adapting its way into the future; transforming all of its supporting business practices; and integrating operating and generating forces. Fiscal Year 2007 is a pivotal year for the Army; the resources provided will determine its ability to continue to accomplish its mission and will accelerate the momentum of transformation to the future force.

Resetting the Force: The Equipment Challenge (09/28/2005)
Torchbearer National Security Report, October 2005 examines the equipment piece of the Army's Reset program for preparing redeployed Soldiers and units for future missions. Due to high operational tempos, a harsh environment and limited depot maintenance available in theater, ground and air vehicles in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are experiencing usage five to six times greater than expected. To mitigate the risk to future unit readiness, the Army is taking a series of steps to reverse the stress of combat on equipment as forces redeploy. As part of this process, units will be reset forward to the new modular formations rather than back to their legacy designs.

Key Issues Relevant to Actionable Intelligence (06/20/2005)
Torchbearer National Security Report encompasses a series of six stand-alone issue papers examining the Joint Intelligence Operations Center concept and five of the eight Actionable Intelligence initiatives that comprise Army Intelligence transformation. The focus of that transformation is providing optimized intelligence support to the one who needs the information most -- the Soldier. The success of Actionable Intelligence will be measured by Soldiers' ability to operate more efficiently, with greater situational awareness and therefore greater confidence, succeeding in an environment very different from that of the recent past.

Transformed Installations . . . Essential for an All-Volunteer, Relevant and Ready U.S. Army (03/30/2005)
Torchbearer National Security Report examines the competing transformational requirements confronting Army installations as they meet the challenges of supporting the Global War on Terrorism. The Army's three key transformational initiatives—converting to a modular force, rebalacing force structure and stabilizing the force—are in motion. Two external undertakings—the relocation of Soldiers and families from Europe and Asia back to the United States together with the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program—are having major impacts not only on Army Transformation in general but also on the Army's Installation Transformation.

The U.S. Army . . . A Modular Force for the 21st Century (03/23/2005)
Torchbearer National Security Report examines the Army's dynamic transformation plan, with particular focus on one of four interrelated strategies: providing relevant and ready landpower to combatant commanders. That strategy contains the major transformational effort—the making of a modular force. This involves the total redesign of the operational Army (all components) into a larger, more powerful, more flexible and more rapidly deployable force--a force no longer based on a division-centric structure but built around stand-alone, self-sufficient and standardized tactical brigade combat teams of 3,500-4,000 Soldiers who are organized the way they fight. Among other initiatives related to this strategy are rebalancing active and reserve component units and skills and stabilizing Soldiers and units to enhance cohesion and predictability.

The Soldier: Centerpiece of the United States Army (10/20/2004)
Torchbearer National Security Report: highlights the significance of America's Soldiers to today's Army and Joint Force and sounds the clarion call to make them more effective and survivable by ensuring they have the necessary resources to conduct tough warrior-like training and receive state-of-the-art equipment before they deploy.

The New Paradigm: Bringing U.S. Army Logistics into the 21st Century (03/31/2004)
As Operation Iraqi Freedom pointed out, logistics organization, doctrine and policy are struggling to keep pace within the 21st century battlefield. While the combat-arms part of the Army is changing dramatically, so too must Army Logistics – playing catch-up if necessary. This Torchbearer Report discusses a set of requirements within the domains of doctrine, organization, materiel and facilities that must be addressed to fix the capability gaps in logistics.

The U.S. Army in 2004 and Beyond: Strategically Agile & Adaptive (02/11/2004)
Torchbearer National Security Report: Outlines the Army Chief of Staff's 16 focus areas for change and analyzes what must be done for the Army to be strategically agile and adaptive in 2004. This is particularly timely in light of the recent announcement that Army endstrength is to be temporarily increased by 30,000.

The U.S. Army's Transformation to the Objective Force (04/21/2003)
The irreversible momentum of Transformation has taken hold. The Army has embraced the concept of change and has set the standard for other services to follow.

How "Transformational" is Army Transformation? (02/26/2003)
Army Transformation is in harmony with Defense Department and joint efforts to transform the military. The Army’s Transformation Campaign Plan is on track and on target, designing a force to lead joint operations.

How "Well" is Army Well-Being? (10/15/2002)
In-depth analysis of a holistic approach to Army well-being, the human dimension of Army Transformation.

The U.S. Army's Strategic Imperatives - Volume II (09/01/2002)
Four specific issues reflect the Army’s effort to transform itself to meet America’s changing security challenges: Special Operations forces, the Comanche helicopter and UAVs, the Ground-Based Midcourse Missile Defense System and the Theater Support Vessel.

The U.S. Army's Transformation to the Objective Force - Volume II (08/30/2002)
Modernized systems enhanced with the latest information technologies are the backbone of Army Transformation. The capabilities of the Interim and Objective Forces are multidimensional, and the soldier remains the pivotal influence.

Army Recapitalization--A Focused Investment in Today's Army (03/15/2002)
Rather than invest in new systems to meet the challenge of aging equipment, the Army has chosen to rebuild, refurbish or upgrade 17 major systems for the Legacy Force's "counterattack corps."

Army Recapitalization--A Focused Investment in Today's Army (03/15/2002)
Rather than invest in new systems to meet the challenge of aging equipment, the Army has chosen to rebuild, refurbish or upgrade 17 major systems for the Legacy Force's "counterattack corps."

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 military capabilities. Landpower is the ultimate determinant of success in war. Only an army can control an enemy's land, infrastructure, resources and people.

The U.S. Army's Transformation to the Objective Force (09/30/2001)
As The Army moves down the trail to a transformed Objective Force, it must guard against the decoupling of the elements of the Transformation process. The value of Transformation lies in the interaction and synergy of all three elements--the Legacy, Interim and Objective Forces.

Decaying Military Infrastructure: Putting U.S. Army Readiness at Risk (09/21/2001)
The armed forces' crumbling infrastructure is a serious readiness issue that is only worsening with time. Years of underfunding have taken their toll. Infrastructure maintenance and modernization investment have been sacrificed to sustain commitments elsewhere and to maintain warfighting readiness. Army infrastructure must be fixed now.

Educating Our Military's Children . . . Are We Closing the Gaps? (04/30/2001)
Today's military force is an educated force and a family force. Military members have high expectations for their children's education. More are accepting or rejecting assignments, or even deciding to leave the military, based on perceptions about the education their children will receive at prospective duty stations.

R&D Death Spiral (10/02/2000)
Examines the 1990-2000 R&D "death spiral" and its potential impact on Army transformation and outlines what must be done to solve the problem.

Military Housing (09/11/2000)
Supporting the need for affordable, adequate housing for both single/unaccompanied soldiers and soldiers with families.

Quality of Life and Well-Being (03/10/2000)
AUSA's commitment to supporting the need for accessible, efficient and quality health care for all soldiers, retirees and families.

Strategic Mobility and Responsive Power Projection
This document is designed to be a primer on strategic mobility and to show why this capability is in danger of becoming worn out or obsolescent if resources are not dedicated to its modernization and upkeep. As the United States continues to be engaged, both economically and politically, our armed forces will continue to be a vital protector of our national interests. To accomplish our current and future military missions requires that we lead the way with seamless integrated mobility capabilities that permit the projection of power to anyplace in the world directly from the continental United States (CONUS).