|•||Repetitive deployments will continue—the Army needs to manage people accordingly.|
|•||More than ever, the Army needs a range of force capabilities—special operations to conventional forces for major wars.|
|•||Leveraging the transformation for the war on terrorism means more capable yet mobile light forces that can be easily tailored and special operations forces (SOF)-conventional hybrids.|
|•||The Army needs to address the issue of scarce specialty skills that are in high demand to meet competing demands from the war on terrorism and homeland security.|
|•||The Army has a large stake in any revised global basing arrangement, and the global war on terrorism adds another essential dimension to the basing issue.|
The Army already has long-term commitments in such places as Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Sinai, and in all likelihood these will continue. It is in the U.S. interest to ensure that these areas remain stable. The Army is also currently carrying out combat operations against the remnants of al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, employing about 6,000 soldiers in the process. Indications are that operations will continue there for some time. In addition, the war with Iraq and the subsequent occupation of the country represents a sizable commitment of ground forces there, likely for an extended duration.