Post 9/11 Initiatives and the Army Reserve Component
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The U.S. Army Reserve Component RC, consisting of both the Army National Guard ARNG and United States Army Reserve USAR, has evolved significantly in the wake of 911. More specifically, the Army RC has transformed from a strategic to an operational reserve to support sustained deployments. Three significant initiatives directly impact the Army RC as it reorganizes into an operational force modular brigade design and employment, standardized Army force generation ARFORGEN, and an increased emphasis on providing civil support to the homeland. In this thesis, the author reviews the impact these initiatives have had on the Army RC, and then explores three distinct courses of action COAs for Army RC force structure based on the 2015 modular force structure design. He concludes that conditions have been met to fully integrate the USAR into the ARNG and proposes a force structure design that will facilitate this integration. The integration will save money and manpower while enhancing capabilities for both homeland security and defense.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Civil Defense