Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command discusses the Network Integration Evaluation 16.1. NIE is the tenth in the Army’s series of Soldier-led evaluations held at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Unlike standard NIEs, NIE 16.1 is the final proof of concept for Army Warfighting Assessments (AWAs). AWAs are large-scale exercises that will begin in Fiscal Year 2017 and focus on informing network and non-network requirements to support Force 2025 and Beyond.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, commanding general, United States Army Special Operations Command leads a discussion on improving Army capabilities to build foreign partner capacity, while synchronizing special operations and conventional foreign capabilities during the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting Oct. 13. Other panels include: Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Commanding General XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller, commanding general, United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr.,commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley Nora J. Bensahel, Ph.D. Distinguished Scholar in Residence School of International Service American University.
U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, prepare to provide suppressive fire for an assault element advancing on the objective during Task Force Training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014. Rangers conduct rigorous training to maintain their tactical proficiency.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock/Released)
“The Army of 2025 and Beyond will effectively employ lethal and nonlethal overmatch against any adversary to prevent, shape and win conflicts and achieve national interests.” — The Army Vision, July 2015
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 2015) — During his 7th and final opening address at this year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Secretary of the Army John McHugh hammered home the importance of ground forces in winning wars, and maintaining American security and dominance.
McHugh, who said earlier this year he will leave his position no later than November 1, has served as secretary of the Army since 2008. He is the second-longest serving Army secretary.
During his keynote speech, Oct. 12, at the AUSA opening ceremony, McHugh dismissed discussion from inside the Beltway and Pentagon suggesting the Army could be minimized while still leaving the United States as protected as it is now.
With declining budgets, and an Army now targeted for reduction following the drawdowns from Iraq and Afghanistan, McHugh posited two visions of the future for the Army. One, he said, is an Army America needs, and one Soldier’s deserve. “A future of power, of readiness, where America’s enemies, both known and unforeseen, respect our capabilities, and are either deterred by our strength or destroyed by our lethality.”
Another future, he said, is more dangerous. It’s one based on “ill-conceived notions of the nature of war. One based on … a growing discussion in this town that questions the very need for an Army at all.”
He said that idea is based on a “grossly naïve view of the geo-political environment. A perspective rooted in unsupported optimism, which would shape our force and our military for a world as we wish it were, rather than the perilous reality we truly face at this moment. In this future, we would budget, size and train for a fight that may never come, ignoring the threats that have come and that we are facing each and every day.”
McHugh said what he fears most are the things the Army cannot see coming next, and if the Army will be strong enough and agile enough to meet those challenges, “or will a dark and dangerous future emerge, where the Army is built for a fantasy world that does not exist?”
AMERICA WILL ALWAYS NEED GROUND FORCES
While McHugh believes in the importance of the joint force, saying that land, air and sea forces all have their place in defense of the United States, he pointed out that it is on the ground where conflict must ultimately be resolved.
“It would be terrific if we could fight and win only from 30,000 feet or 12 miles off shore,” McHugh said. “But that’s not how the world works. That’s not how war works. People don’t live in the air or in the sea. At its core, war is a human endeavor. And humans occupy land. And conflict can only be fully resolved when some force stabilizes the human domain, when somebody controls the land. This is a reality that is as true today as it was generations before.”
The secretary said that the Army is the only service that can seize and secure large swaths of land for expanded periods of time, to achieve effects.
“When you are on the ground, you make the rules,” McHugh said. “And until nations exist solely in the water or in the sky, land will remain critical … to protect the freedom and interests of the United States, the Army must remain the cornerstone of our nation’s defense — there is no other way.”
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leaders will present their insights to “Winning in a Complex World” during the 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 1214. As the force remain committed to an all-volunteer Army that is the most decisive land force in the world, strengthening our Army Profession based on implicit and universal trust has never been more important. WATCH and JOIN TRADOC’s discussions during this year’s AUSA meeting at: www.army.mil/professional. TRADOC senior leaders will participate and lead the following Contemporary Military Forums, addressing a wide-range of professional topics such as leader development, enhancing Soldier capabilities, modernization and force structure:
NOTE: The following videos will also be posted here by the end of the conference:
- Monday, Oct. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
Conventional and Special Operations Force Interdependence: Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, Maneuver Center of Excellence commanding general, will participate in a discussion on improving Army capabilities to build foreign partner capacity, while synchronizing special operations and conventional force capabilities.
- Monday, Oct. 12, 3 to 5 p.m.
Developing Future Leaders: Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center CG, leads a discussion on the development of adaptive, innovative leaders of the future through an investment in educational experiences, broadening opportunities and realistic training to optimize performance and “Win in a Complex World”.
Panelists include: Gen. David G. Perkins, TRADOC CG; Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj., and John Hall, Deputy to the Commanding General, Combined Arms Support Command.
- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3 to 5 p.m.
Total Force to Win in a Complex World: Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, leads a discussion on how the Army works under Force 2025 and Beyond to ensure the future force accentuates the relative strengths and mitigates weaknesses of each component, and remains prepared to accomplish missions at home and abroad. Panelists include: Dr. Janine Davidson, senior fellow for Defense Policy; Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director, Army National Guard; Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve; Tim Bonds, vice president and director, RAND Arroyo Center; Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow, Center of 21st Century Security and Intelligence.
- Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Countering Violent Extremist Threats: Maj. Gen. Jeff Snow, U.S. Army Recruiting Command CG, participates in a discussion on countering threats posed by violent extremism.
- Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
NCOs Operating in a Complex World: Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj., leads a panel of military and civilian leaders in a discussion on how the Total Force must adapt, evolve, and innovate to support the Army Operating Concept. Panelists include: Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John Sparks, TRADOC; Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Schroeder, U.S. Army Forces Command; CSM James Sims, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Michael Stanka, Army Materiel Command.
- Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Cyber-Today and Tomorrow: Maj. Gen. Stephen Forgarty, Cyber Center of Excellence CG, participates in a discussion on how network dominance is an integral part of the cyber fight – today and tomorrow. Cyber threats demand new approaches to managing information, securing information and ensuring our ability to operate.
The 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition takes place Oct. 12-14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Held every October in Washington D.C., the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition is one of the largest land warfare expositions and professional development forums in the world. The Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings.
The three day event also includes over 500 industry and military exhibits occupying over 250,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Presentations on the state of the Army and related defense subjects are given by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff and other senior Army and Department of Defense representatives.
* Schedule subject to change. For the complete schedule visit: www.army.mil/professional
The Army transforms how it acquires, employs, develops, and retains human capital to optimize the talent management of all Army Professionals and teams for their mutual benefit so they can thrive and “Win in a Complex World”.
In support of this vision, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has developed this Talent Management Concept of Operations for Force 2025 and Beyond. The U.S. Army Operating Concept
institutes Force 2025 and Beyond (F2025B) as the Army’s comprehensive effort for changing and improving land power capabilities in support of the joint force.
The Army Human Dimension Strategy establishes the development of a F2025B Talent Management Strategy for the Army Total Force as a required key task. This strategy must establish the talent management principles that will be applied to the core functions of the Army’s human capital management enterprise and the career life cycle of all Army Professionals through a holistic, integrated approach.
These core functions are workforce planning, acquisition, development, employment, and retention. This strategy must establish a framework for managing talent management systems and required capabilities. It must identify the ways and mean s for integrating talent management solutions across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities, and policy (DOTMLPF-P) domains.
Lastly, an effective talent management strategy must facilitate comprehensive organizational transformation.
The fundamental purpose of this concept of operations is to inform the development of an Army Talent Management Strategy.
Foreword from Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
The U.S. Army is world renowned for its ability to develop leaders and produce action-oriented people with valuable skills. This ability produces a competitive advantage for the Nation. For over 30 years, however, the manner in which the Army conducts personnel management has gone largely unchanged while the geopolitical and technological environments have changed with unprecedented speed. Although the Army’s industrial-aged personnel management system is adequate today, it will not support the Army’s needs in 2025 and beyond.
Our senior civilian leaders within the Department of the Army and the Department of the Defense recognize this and are calling for a human capital management transformation that will enable our effort to meet future strategic challenges more effectively. American history is filled with examples of military services ignoring indicators that change was needed, resisting reforms due to parochialism or cultural inertia, and forfeiting the initiative to change voluntarily. At times this has forced civilian political leaders to dictate change.
The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act is a prime example. The Army can choose to shape and lead the coming transformation in human capital management or it can wait, react, and follow.
For 2025, we must optimize the human performance of every Soldier and Civilian in the Army Total Force and build cohesive teams of trusted professionals who thrive in ambiguity and chaos.
To fulfill this mandate, we must also optimize talent management through work force planning and the acquisition, employment, development, and retention of Army Professionals. As we build better teams comprised of the right individuals, we improve the Army. The principles and functions described in this concept of operations are not intended to address symptoms or
Instead, they are designed to support a holistic transformation by establishing the foundation required to implement and sustain the policies and practices that will optimize talent management. This includes building an Integrated Talent Management Enterprise with a single leader, or executive integrator, at the flag officer level to ensure unity of effort. The Army requires a comprehensive Talent Management Strategy for Force 2025 and Beyond. This concept of operations will inform the development of that strategy.
To learn more visit:
- U.S. Army Operating Concept, “Win in a Complex World”
- Force 2025 and Beyond
- U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
- Army Human Dimension Strategy
- Talent Management Concept of Operations for Force 2025 and Beyond
Photo credit: Maneuver Center of Excellence Soldiers compete in the Combatives Tournament at the Smith Fitness Center, Fort Benning, Ga.(U.S. Army photo by Kristian Ogden)