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Force Structure: Army's Annual Report on Modularity Progress Needs More Complete and Clear Information to Aid Decision Makers

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A significant change of the Army s transition to a modular design was that each modular brigade combat team would include two combat-focused, or maneuver, battalions, as opposed to the three maneuver battalions that made up a combat brigade in the previous divisional structure. However, the new modular brigades were envisioned to be just as capable due to different equipment including key enabler equipment such as advanced communications and surveillance equipment and specialized personnel. The Army planned to reconfigure its total force including both active and reserve components into a standardized modular design. These standardized modular unit designs were implemented in the Army Reserves and National Guard with the same organizational structure, equipment, and personnel requirements as active duty units. The Army expects that all its brigades will convert to modular designs as of fiscal year 2013. In September 2011 the Army issued a report that should have responded to section 332 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, which amended the reporting requirements in section 323 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. In our review of that report,6 however, we noted that the report had addressed the outdated requirements set out in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, rather than the amended requirements. Army officials agreed, and in May 2012, the Army reissued the fiscal year 2011 report along with the fiscal year 2012 report. The fiscal year 2012 report is based on data from the fiscal year 2013 President s budget submission, and does not reflect any anticipated changes to the Army budget or modular force structure not reflected in that budget. Through an initiative called Army 2020, the Army is studying its future operational environment, roles and missions, and changes to the structure of the modular forces. However, the Army has not yet made decisions

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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