FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Army training must integrate warfighting functions and prepare units to work with civilians, joint forces and partner nations to win in a complex world, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said.
McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, spoke Feb. 5 at the Force 2025 Realistic Training Industry Forum. Some 250 Army and industry leaders attended the forum to discuss realistic training as part of the Human Dimension.
McMaster said the Army Operating Concept (AOC) describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments and win wars while operating as part of a Joint Force and working with multiple partners. He noted that industry plays an important role in the Army’s success.
“What we see in the Army Operating Concept is what gives American Army forces their power. It is a combination of skilled, well-trained Soldiers and teams with the best technology,” McMaster said.
He explained the concepts aligned with the Army’s warfighting functions help identify required future capabilities. But even more important is understanding how units and leaders combine capabilities across warfighting functions to accomplish their missions.
McMaster said the Army Warfighting Challenges (AWFCs) provide an analytical framework to integrate efforts across warfighting functions while collaborating with key stakeholders in learning activities, modernization and future force design.
“You’ll help us with those warfighting challenges,” McMaster told industry representatives.
McMaster said training must reflect the complexities of a hybrid threat consisting of regular, irregular, and criminal elements. Training also must prepare leaders to work with international partners, interagency representatives and other services.
To learn more about the Force 2025 Industry Forum visit the web site at: http://usacac.army.mil/organizations/cact/industryforum. The site provides links to the Army Operating Concept, a Human Dimension White Paper and several briefings.
In addition, a recording of McMaster’s speech is available at: https://www.dvidshub.net/audio/40128/lt-gen-hr-mcmasters-speech#.VOJiHC5FZ9s
The forum was sponsored by the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth.
CAC develops and integrates Army leader development, doctrine, education, lessons learned, functional training, training support, training development, and proponent responsibilities to support mission command and prepare the Army to successfully conduct unified land operations in a joint, inter-agency, inter-governmental and multinational environment.