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Torchbearer Issue Papers

Issue papers are a series of discussion papers on key strategic issues relevant to the U.S. Army's transformation to the Objective Force.

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The U.S. Army in Korea in the 21st Century (03/13/2008)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, March 2008) discusses how USFK is seeking to fundamentally change assignments in Korea by establishing a long-term, normal force presence at U.S. main operating bases across the peninsula. Executing an unprecedented restationing plan, USFK is setting the stage for possible future three-year accompanied tours and two-year unaccompanied tours in South Korea. Ultimately, establishing a normal, long-term joint force presence on the Korean Peninsula sends a powerful signal to both U.S. allies and potential adversaries alike of America’s unwavering commitment to democracy, free trade and stability in Northeast Asia. The end result will be a strengthened alliance with the Republic of Korea, an enduring presence on the Asian mainland and a new normalcy for all U.S. servicemembers, families and civilians.

Revolution in Army Doctrine: The 2008 Field Manual 3-0, Operations (02/25/2008)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, February 2008) briefly summarizes the new version of the Army's Field Manual 3-0, Operations, the blueprint for current operations and future full-spectrum operations. The operational environment now and in the future is complex, multidimensional and increasingly fought in the midst of noncombatant populations. It is imperative, therefore, that the Army provide to its Soldiers and leaders an intellectual understanding of the means by which it will organize, train, equip and conduct operations in this new environment. The new doctrine lays a foundation not only for battlefield success but also for lasting peace.

The Rebalance of the Army National Guard (01/31/2008)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, January 2008) discusses the Army National Guard (ARNG) transformation and reorganization known as the ARNG rebalance plan. This plan is the result of a collaborative effort between Headquarters, Department of the Army, the ARNG and the Adjutants General to establish the way ahead for ARNG force structure in response to the guidance provided in the Quadrennial Defense Review 2006. The result is an ARNG force that is more flexible, more capable and more rapidly deployable with enhanced readiness for wartime missions, enhanced capabilities for state missions and improved command and control within states and territories.

Transforming the U.S. Army Reserve to an Operational Force (10/19/2007)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2007) discusses the Army Reserve's role in current operations and what is required to provide needed capabilities to combatant commanders on a continuous basis. The Army Reserve has implemented an Army-wide system to establish a training, mobilization and deployment model of predictability for commanders and Soldiers called Army Force Generation, or ARFORGEN. To improve force structure, the Army Reserve is deactivating its legacy structure of Regional Readiness Commands (RRCs) and Regional Readiness Groups (RRGs) and activating Operations and Functional (O&F) Commands. Finally, to improve recruiting and retention the Army Reserve has increased its incentives, such as referral bonuses, tuition assistance, retirement benefits and better health care.

Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) Warfighters' Forum: A New Army Paradigm for Home Station Unit Training (10/19/2007)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2007) describes the Army's new training concept, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team Warfighters' Forum (SWfF), a new home station unit training paradigm that ultimately will serve as a model for light and heavy formations as well. The mission of the SWfF is to enhance SBCT leader, leader-team and unit training throughout the ARFORGEN process; to include the incorporation of lessons being learned by all SBCTs, in order for SBCTs to perform at higher levels of mission proficiency in each subsequent deployment; and to serve as a conduit of SBCT operational experience for training, doctrine and force design and as a model for other Army training and leader initiatives. The SWfF will play an increasingly critical role in transforming Army home station training and significantly enhancing Army readiness.

Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy: Meeting Current and Future Needs (07/27/2006)
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, July 2006 PDF 532K) Describes and analyzes the Army's Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) strategy, which will ensure fleet viability and combat effectiveness for the next three decades. The TWV strategy encompasses improvements in the current fleet, research and development into new capabilities and a glimpse into the future fleet. As the Army transforms into a more modular, expeditionary force, there will be a related transformation within the TWV fleet. The ongoing efforts under the TWV strategy ensure that a modernized TWV fleet supports the needs of Soldiers, the Joint Force and the nation.

Air and Missile Defense . . . An Integral Part of Army and Joint Transformation (12/15/2004)
(PDF 374K) Issue Paper 2 (The U.S. Army's Transformation), December 2004) Discusses the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) transformation vision, concept, plan and actions to support both joint and Army transformation goals and overmatch the asymmetric aerial threats of the 21st century. For the Future Force in the future operational environment, Army AMD transformation has set in motion a sequential and progressive approach to advancing capabilities in increments over time using available resources. This will provide solutions for a force that moves from branch-specific and single-service capabilities to a combined force that can quickly integrate on a joint and nonlinear battlefield.

Future Combat Systems: The Future is Now (10/15/2004)
(PDF 526K) Issue Paper 1 (The U.S. Army's Transformation), October 2004 Discusses the current status of the program and highlights the systems, organizations and network of this core building block of the Army's Future Force. On 22 July 2004, Army officials announced plans to accelerate the delivery of selected Future Combat Systems to the Current Force. For FCS, the future is now.

ES2: Every Soldier is a Sensor (08/15/2004)
(PDF 216K) Issue Paper 5 (The Army's Current Force), August 2004 Highlights the capability of the Soldier as the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today's Army. While technology will impact the future of the United States Army, its success will continue to be determined by its most important asset, weapon and sensor: the Soldier.

The Rapid Fielding Initiative: Equipping Soldiers to Succeed (08/15/2004)
(PDF 291K) Issue Paper 4 (The Army's Current Force), August 2004 Provides an in-depth look at how the Army is ensuring Soldiers (active, Guard and Reserve) have the most current equipment the Army can acquire, before they go into harm's way.

Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems: A Cost-Effective Combat Multiplier (04/15/2004)
(PDF 200K) Issue Paper 3 (The Army's Current Force), April 2004 Takes a look at the various unmanned aerial vehicles currently in use in the Global War on Terrorism, as well as some systems being developed for the future. UAVs have proved to be great combat multipliers, enabling combat commanders at all levels to conduct intelligence, targeting, battle damage assessment, communications relay and lethal operations.

Stryker Brigades: Integral to the Current Force (02/15/2004)
(PDF 200K) Issue Paper 2 (The Army's Current Force), February 2004 Second in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, looks at the 1999 vision of Stryker and how the reality has taken shape in 2004 as the first two Stryker Brigades join Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rapid Equipping Force: Innovative Materiel Solutions to Operational Requirements (10/15/2003)
(PDF 193K) Issue Paper 1 (The Army's Current Force), October 2003 Looks at how and why the Rapid Equipping Force is working directly with operational commanders to find promising materiel solutions to their identified operational requirements.

The Army's Continuing Education System (08/15/2003)
(PDF 162K) Issue Paper 3 (Soldiers & Their Families), August 2003 A key element of soldier development.

Future Tactical Truck System (08/15/2003)
(PDF 183K) Issue 13 (Transformation), August 2003 Not merely a truck but the joint sustainment system for the Objective Force.

GI-to-Jobs Is COOL (08/15/2003)
(PDF 197K) Issue Paper 2 (Soldiers & Their Families), August 2003 Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL), a new opportunity.

eArmyU (07/15/2003)
(PDF 319K) Issue Paper 1 (Soldiers & Their Families), July 2003 eArmyU: At the cutting edge of soldier/leader development.

Aerial Common Sensor (02/15/2003)
(PDF 193K) Issue 11 (Transformation), February 2003 Aerial Common Sensor is t he only system to meet the Army’s requirement for timely multi-intelligence precision geolocation.

VPORTS (02/15/2003)
(PDF 216K) Issue 12 (Transformation), February 2003 VPORTS (virtual planning, operations, rehearsal, training and simulation) propels Transformation with 21st century technology, changing the way the Army and joint forces will prepare to fight and win on the battlefield.

Aviation Recapitalization (01/15/2003)
(PDF 83K) Issue 10 (Transformation), January 2003 Recapitalization cost-effectively modernizes Army aviation while maintaining near-term readiness.

Aircraft Survivabilty Equipment (07/15/2002)
(PDF 92K) Issue Paper 6 (Transformation), July 2002 Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) ensures Army aviation’s lethality and dominance over tomorrow’s battlefield

Stryker (07/15/2002)
(PDF 102K) Issue 7 (Transformation), July 2002 The Stryker provides a mobile weapon system that can fill immediate tactical requirements and adapt to future demands.

The Theater Support Vessel (05/15/2002)
(PDF 506K) Issue Paper 5 (Strategic Imperatives), May 2002 The Theater Support Vessel’s (TSV) planned capabilities will provide the Army with a new and potent capability for rapidly responding to crisis situations.

The Interim Brigade Combat Teams in Army Transformation (12/15/2001)
(PDF 95K) Issue Paper 5 (Transformation), December 2001 The Interim Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) satisfies present-day strategic requirements and will serve as a proving ground for developing the doctrine, tactics and techniques of the Objective Force. As such, it provides a bridge to the Objective Force

Risks of Skipping Another Generation of Weapons (07/15/2001)
(PDF 393KB) Issue Paper 2, July 2001 The Army has already skipped one generation of weapons. Skipping another generation of modernization also skips a generation of technology maturation. This, in turn will greatly increase both risk and cost until the Objective Force is a reality.

Contribution of Land Forces to Access Assurance (07/15/2001)
(PDF 124KB) Issue Paper 3, July 2001 The United States is the world’s preeminent power because of our nation’s ability to rapidly project and sustain significant conventional military power anywhere in the world. The deployment of U.S. and multinational forces requires maintaining and assuring access to sufficient modes of transportation and ports of entry.

Value of Engagement & Forward Presence (06/15/2001)
(PDF 213KB) Issue Paper 1, June 2001 Engagement is an important instrument of foreign policy used throughout the world to achieve national security objectives. Forward-deployed Army forces are part of the essential "strategic framework" for global security.

Air and Missile Defense . . . An Integral Part of Army and Joint Transformation (12/07/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: Second in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the U.S. Army's Transformation, discusses the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) transformation vision, concept, plan and actions to support both joint and Army transformation goals and overmatch the asymmetric aerial threats of the 21st century. For the Future Force in the future operational environment, Army AMD transformation has set in motion a sequential and progressive approach to advancing capabilities in increments over time using available resources. This will provide solutions for a force that moves from branch-specific and single-service capabilities to a combined force that can quickly integrate on a joint and nonlinear battlefield.

Future Combat Systems: The Future is Now (10/20/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: First in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the U.S. Army's Transformation, discusses the current status of the program and highlights the systems, organizations and network of this core building block of the Army's Future Force. On 22 July 2004, Army officials announced plans to accelerate the delivery of selected Future Combat Systems to the Current Force. For FCS, the future is now.

ES2: Every Soldier is a Sensor (08/11/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: Fifth in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, highlights the capability of the Soldier as the most capable, sophisticated collector of intelligence in today's Army. While technology will impact the future of the United States Army, its success will continue to be determined by its most important asset, weapon and sensor: the Soldier.

The Rapid Fielding Initiative: Equipping Soldiers to Succeed (08/10/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: Fourth in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, provides an in-depth look at how the Army is ensuring Soldiers (active, Guard and Reserve) have the most current equipment the Army can acquire, before they go into harm's way.

Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (05/10/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: Third in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, takes a look at the various unmanned aerial vehicles currently in use in the Global War on Terrorism, as well as some systems being developed for the future. UAVs have proved to be great combat multipliers, enabling combat commanders at all levels to conduct intelligence, targeting, battle damage assessment, communications relay and lethal operations.

Stryker Brigades: Integral to the Current Force (02/27/2004)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: Second in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, looks at the 1999 vision of Stryker and how the reality has taken shape in 2004 as the first two Stryker Brigades join Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rapid Equipping Force: Innovative Materiel Solutions to Operational Requirements (10/24/2003)
Torchbearer Issue Paper: First in a series of discussion papers on key issues relevant to the Army's Current Force, looks at how and why the Rapid Equipping Force is working directly with operational commanders to find promising materiel solutions to their identified operational requirements. Building on these successes, the REF will also begin to develop, experiment with and evaluate key technologies and systems for achieving future force capabilities. Getting the most effective materiel out to the troops in a timely fashion, and then applying lessons learned from those technologies to future operational requirements, is a particular area of emphasis for our new Army Chief of Staff.


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