Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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In the past year, beginning when Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki announced his intention to transform the Army, soldiers and civilians have labored to implement the vision. Without taking a time-out from current missions, the Army continues to exercise, maintain and upgrade the Legacy Force while simultaneously defining the roles, missions, capabilities and requirements for the initial brigade combat teams at Fort Lewis, Washington. Those understandings help articulate composition of the Interim Force-- and forecast characteristics of the Objective Force.

Moving quickly to overcome entrenched bureaucracies and habitual ways of doing business, the Army staff and the Army's Training and Doctrine Command have done in 11 months what in the past would have taken two to three years, an enormous effort in time, energy and resources. Obviously, much work remains. But it is no longer a question of whether transformation is the right thing to do; rather, leaders now grapple with the breadth and depth of its impact on the Army.

Transformation is both immediate and narrowly focused-and long term and far reaching. The current work on the initial brigades at Fort Lewis, marks the beginning of a new era. …

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