The head of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review team said that it was critically important to answer the question of “do we need a ground combat force? [with] Yes, yes, yes” because “that’s where the fight is going to be.”
Maj. Gen. John Rossi, speaking Oct. 22 at a special National Guard forum at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, said that he “did not see an AC/RC quagmire” over size, roles and missions in the review process. “Why the Army is relevant is the hard fight” not how many brigade combat teams are in the active component or in the Army National Guard as the service reduces its end strength
“The Army relies more on the RC than any other service,” Rossi added.
“We are going to lose a lot of experience” over the next six years and trying to isolate mission only areas for the active Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard “is a waste of time,” Rossi said. But ensuring the whole Army does not become so small that “it won’t have the capacity fight, won’t have the capacity to deter.”
In answer to a question, Rossi said, “We are consciously considering the budget, the future of sequestration … It would be irresponsible not to.”