2010 Torchbearer Publications 

 

U.S. Army Aviation and Full-Spectrum Operations
(Torchbearer National Security Report, December 2010)

This Torchbearer National Security Report examines the ways in which the Army has conducted several expansive self-assessments over the last decade to ensure it is configured, manned and equipped to meet the nation’s warfighting needs. The Army has embraced the transformative model that strives to dominate the current fight while preparing for the future by capitalizing on a deliberate and effective reinvestment strategy. This modernization strategy, including missile-warning systems and countermeasures, improved performance engines and upgraded sensors and monitors, will provide greater situational awareness and capability for aviation warfighters on future battlefields. The demands of current battlespaces have placed Army aviation at the forefront of these operations.


The Army National Guard’s Path to Greater Resilience
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, December 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Paper examines the Army National Guard’s response to the toll that multiple deployments and two long and ongoing wars have taken. Army leaders are continuously seeking methods and establishing programs to further support Soldiers and their families. With this in mind, several states have developed comprehensive social support and mental health initiatives. These programs emerged out of a need to deepen Soldier resilience and were prioritized by Army National Guard senior leadership. More steps to build resilience within the Army National Guard will continue across the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, all sharing the challenge of finding unique solutions to recurring problems such as post-traumatic stress and suicide among Soldiers.


Army Strong Community Centers: Serving Army Families
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Paperlooks at how repeated deployment of Army Reserve Soldiers over the past years has required differing approaches to supporting geographically dispersed families. To ensure that these families are able to access Army services despite living a distance from the nearest installation, Army Strong Community Centers (ASCCs) have been opened to bridge the gap between distance and accessibility to information. The positive, tangible results garnered from the first three ASCCs have demonstrated the need for such facilities.


New Educational Opportunities for Soldiers and Families
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Papertakes a look at Tutor.com, with which the Department of Defense has contracted to connect servicemembers and families seeking educational and professional guidance to certified, professional tutors or career specialists for one-on-one assistance whenever they need it. With approximately 2 million military children having experienced a parental deployment since 2001, the support provided by Tutor.com helps to relieve the concerns and stress on families during parental deployment.


U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Changing Modern Warfare
(Torchbearer National Security Report, July 2010)

This Torchbearer National Security Report takes a look at rapidly evolving Army UAS technology and its impact on the need for reliable collection and dissemination of information on the battlefield. From the small hand-launched Raven to the mid-size Shadow to the larger Hunter and Extended Range Multi-Purpose systems and the ground control stations that keep them all in the air and on point, the Army’s “eyes in the sky” have proved to be vital battlefield assets.


Building Resilience: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, April 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Paper discusses Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), a holistic fitness program for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians that is designed to enhance performance and build resilience. CSF is taking a deliberate approach to equipping Soldiers with the psychological tools to unlock their potential in this era of sustained operations, teaching thinking skills and coping strategies based on how to think rather than what to think. CSF consists of four program elements--the Global Assessment Tool, Comprehensive Resilience Modules, the Master Resilience Trainer program and Sustainment Resilience Training--that are mandatory for all Soldiers. Family members and Army civilians are also given the opportunity to participate. This holistic approach to fitness seeks to effectively and efficiently ensure the quality of life of those who serve the nation is commensurate with the quality of their service.


Strengthening and Sustaining Army Families
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, April 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Paper discusses the Army's newly-established Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Proponency (CAF-BHP), which supports and sustains comprehensive and integrated behavioral health care for military children and their families at all Army installations. The goal of the CAF-BHP is not to add to the number of programs that already exist but to capitalize on existing programs and achieve synergy from effective coordination, integration and targeted strengthening of current resources to better sustain Army families.


U.S. Army Special Operations Forces: Integral to the Army and the Joint Force
(Torchbearer National Security Report, March 2010)

This Torchbearer National Security Report discusses how Army special operations forces, teamed with general purpose forces, achieve strategic effects through tactical- and operational-level excellence on the battlefield and in lesser-known areas around the world. The ability to control and influence people establishes the strategic underpinnings of this nation's security and its land forces. Landpower--lethal, engaging, enduring--remains a keystone in the overarching integration of all elements of national power. The U.S. defense strategy reinforces the principle of balance: in the response to the current conflict while preparing for future ones; in preparing for full-spectrum operations; and between the cultural advantages that have provided security and the cultural changes needed to preserve it. Army special operations forces, a key element of landpower, are an integral part of the Army and the joint force and provide the nation with unique, sophisticated and tailored capabilities.


Army Software Transformation: Delivering Applications to the Warfighter

(Torchbearer Issue Paper, February 2010)

This Torchbearer Issue Paper examines the current environment for software applications and how Army Software Transformation will help the Army's information systems radically decrease the time it takes to deliver relevant applications across the force. The Army's goal is for Soldiers to have a smartphone-like experience wherein applications, services and data are accessible globally without requiring end-user intervention or costly, inefficient and burdensome technical support. Faced with enemies skilled at exploiting cheap, commercially-available communications devices and off-the-shelf electronics, the Army has implemented this new approach to software acquisition and implementation to stay relevant to the challenges posed by the complex global security environment.