The U.S. Army and the New National Security Strategy

The U.S. Army and the New National Security Strategy

The U.S. Army and the New National Security Strategy

The U.S. Army and the New National Security Strategy

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The Army asked the RAND Arroyo Center in fall 2001 to look at the implications for the Army of the new national security strategy. This was exactly the right question, given the remarkable changes that are occurring in the world in terms of both advances in technologies and how the strategic environment is evolving. What we decided was to draw together a group of RAND researchers who have been working over the past few years on a variety of issues for the Army and use their research as a springboard for answering this question. The result is the chapters in this volume, which span the broad range of subjects that will be on the Army's future agenda—strategic, operational, programmatic, and budgetary. Each of the authors describes his or her view of the most critical issues facing the Army and then what the Army needs to do. The substantive analysis in this report was completed in February 2003, as the international community was still debating its future policies toward Iraq. What happens in Iraq will almost certainly add to the complexity of the strategic environment in which the U.S. Army will operate and could well bring more urgency to the changes that the authors of this report call on the Army to undertake.

Taken as a whole, the report provides the Army with a perspective on its ongoing transformation and where it needs refinement. In this way, the report aims to engage the broader defense community in the debate over which forces and capabilities the Army needs to be able to serve the nation in the future as well as it has in the past. The report should be of interest to anyone concerned about the future of the U.S. military in general and the U.S. Army in particular.

In the Army, this research was sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (G-3). It was conducted in the Arroyo Center's Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. The Arroyo Center is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.

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