Army re-looking ‘blended units.’ 

The idea of resurrecting “blended units” – mixing active forces with the reserve components – has been resurrected in this era of fiscal constraints, but whether they will become a reality is still in the future.

Lt. Gen. David Barno, USA, Ret., and a former commander in Afghanistan, speaking Oct. 22 at a special National Guard forum during the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, said the units, also called “round-up” or “round-out,” could be re-created down at the brigade level.

Speaking at a special Army Reserve forum the same day, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, said there were several reason why earlier experiments with these units failed.

“First, the Army culture wouldn’t support it,” Talley said.  He said the culture was active component –centric. 

“Second, there were too many processes that weren’t synchronized or integrated,” he added.

But Talley said, Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff, “wants to re-look that.”  He suggested cyber as an area to start with new trials of such units.