Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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What is the Army After Next (AAN)? Is it related to ongoing Advanced Warfighting Experiments? Are Force XXI and the AAN the same thing? In an attempt to answer these and many related questions, Military Review asked the US Army Training and Doctrine Command staff to write a series of articles to tell the AAN story-what it is, and what it is not.

The lead article explains how the Army's AAN project links evolving technology with a vision for the future. By projecting broad studies of warfare to about 2025, the AAN concept enables military art and technology experts to look beyond Army XXI. This approach also provides enough lead time to incorporate innovative technologies and revolutionary discoveries that can support the AAN vision.

The next article sketches out a warfare concept where, coupled with an "electronic knockout blow," AAN battle forces will maneuver rapidly throughout the enemy's defensive zone to effect a broad, near-simultaneous strike that dissolves his resistance and will to fight. AAN's goal is to field a force capable of achieving strategic preemption or, if required, able to win quickly and decisively under a variety of strategic situations.

The third AAN article outlines a complex future battlefield where battle command will achieve unprecedented individual and organizational effectiveness. A combination of systems will provide required information-when it is needed and in a usable format-and well-conceived doctrine, organizational structures and processes.

Following is a description of how the AAN force will look to "The Enemy After Next." Fighting against the knowledge and speed of fully modernized AAN forces will be a daunting task for any foe choosing to challenge the US Army.

Concluding the AAN section is a study of the University After Next (UAN), which will produce leaders and then provide them with a virtual extended staff. …

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