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Army’s Holistic Modernization Strategy for today’s threats

Sunday, February 01, 2015

AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released a new publication.

"Force 2025 and Beyond: The U.S. Army’s Holistic Modernization Strategy" (Torchbearer Issue Paper, January 2015) describes today’s security environment as complex and defined by unpredictability and the increasing momentum of human interaction. As technology proliferates, enemies will have greater access to weapons of mass destruction and sophisticated technical capabilities.

To mitigate this risk, the Army has created a comprehensive, innovative modernization strategy called Force 2025 and Beyond. This strategy will improve the ability to provide technologies in support of future operations. It will also streamline operational processes to produce a more adaptable, agile and effective Army Total Force.

Achieving this will depend upon a vibrant and well-funded Army research, development and engineering (RD&E) activity consisting of: requirements developed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); and the Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprise led by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology–ASA(ALT).

The new Army Operating Concept that describes required capabilities and identifies science and technology focus areas will guide TRADOC developed requirements, as the S&T Enterprise helps the Army optimize its capabilities and minimize risk.

The key to success is two-fold: leader development and maintenance of technological overmatch capabilities against likely antagonists.

Regrettably, the Army is at risk of losing its present technological advantage unless its Science and Technology Enterprise receives focused strategic investments in technologies and the technical work force.

This Torchbearer Issue Paper may be read online in its entirety at http://www.ausa.org/publications/ilw/DigitalPublications/Documents/tbip-....

Other ILW publications are available online at http://www.ausa.org/ilw and can also be obtained by calling (800) 336-4570, ext. 4630, or by e-mailing a request to [email protected].