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Continuum of Capability - Army's Force Structure Transformation

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The Army is in the midst of a Transformation, a transformation into the Army of the future, abandoning 20th Century concepts. We are molding a military force thats capabilities based and responsive to new enemies but still maintains the ability to successfully conduct traditional war. The creativity required to do this cannot be limited to technological innovation, but must extend into areas that will expand the accessibility of the Army. This requires a force that has the ability to support a broad spectrum of requirements ranging from a myriad of contingencies and peacekeeping missions to a major theater conflict. In order to maintain relevance, Army structure and manpower must be realigned to respond to a volatile international climate. This paper lays out the rationale for the creation of one Army that meets these requirements but does not emulate the integrated one Army that exists between the active component AC, Army Reserve USAR and Army National Guard ARNG. This proposal envisions one Army without components spanning the full range of manpower availability resources by one appropriation an Army that has manpower flexibility an Army that is sustained by a single database and a homogenous personnel support system and, most importantly, an Army that is based on capabilities required to support the National Military Strategy. Examples of mobilization challenges, cost constraints, time limitations and multiple deployments that are eroding U.S. military effectiveness, will make the case for a service that is composed of soldiers who serve based on the needs of the Army and its mission requirements not restricted by boundaries that component subdivisions COMPOS create.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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