Strategic readiness essential in today’s global environment
AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) has recently released a new publication.
“Strategic Readiness: The U.S. Army as a Global Force” (Defense Report 16-3, June 2016) discusses the global activities and demands facing the Army and the practical steps the Army is taking in the form of readiness exercises to meet these demands.
Events in recent military history demonstrate the serious cost across multiple spheres that occurs in times of shortfalls and capability gaps.
As the nature of operations over the past 25 years has forced the military to focus on particular theaters – in Operation Desert Shield, in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Operation Iraqi Freedom – consistent training for rapid contingency operations has fallen too much by the wayside.
The pursuit of meeting short-term needs in the midst of conflicts has come at the expense of overall readiness.
Now, to reconstitute the expeditionary mindset and capabilities, the Army has initiated Total Army emergency deployment readiness exercises (EDREs) and companion sea deployment readiness exercises (SEDREs) as a core competency to ensure the Army is strategically ready and responsive
The first SEDRE in several years, involving an entire brigade combat team of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), occurred in Jacksonville, Florida, in April 2016.