Building a Viable Force: The Next Horizon
AIR FORCE RESERVE ROBINS AFB GA
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This article is intended to stimulate discussion and provide ideas for building a viable U.S. military - one that can be refocused, reconstituted, and recapitalized while remaining operationally engaged without exhausting people or resources. It is also intended to assist policymakers in examining the recent history, current challenges, and likely future of the Reserve Components. During the past 30 years, circumstances have driven Total Force policies well beyond their original intent, which was primarily to sustain a large garrison force by leveraging capabilities in the Reserve Components. Although the guidelines in this article are focused on the U.S. Air Force in particular, many apply throughout the Department of Defense DOD. They may serve as a starting point for policymakers to begin developing a force concept that would allow the Services and DOD to move beyond current Total Force thinking to a new vision that better captures the essence of an operationally centered Reserve Component. Too often in addressing the pressing problems of the day, we do not take time to consider the next horizon. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force General T. Michael Moseley, in his vision document Heritage to Horizons, challenged us to contemplate the future during these turbulent times. Following his lead, we provide the following to discuss what we see as the next horizon - building a viable force.
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