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Broadening Army Leaders for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Environment
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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After 10 years of continuous conflict, the U.S. Army has withdrawn its forces from Iraq and is reducing force structure in Afghanistan. However, it will still face a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous VUCA environment that will require commitments from joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational JIIM partners. As the Armys operational tempo decreases, it has a unique opportunity to do the following 1 develop and implement an officer broadening program through the establishment of a balanced career between time spent with soldiers and JIIM partners, 2 change its cloistered culture from Army-centric to one with a multicultural focus, and 3 update its industrial-era officer assignment process to capture the unique capabilities and experiences of individual officers and fill the needs of commanders facing complex challenges. Overcoming these hurdles will result in an adaptive and agile Officers Corps that is capable of effectively integrating JIIM partners and is prepared to fight and win in a VUCA environment.
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