Maintaining the 'Strength of the Nation'-Sustain, Prepare, Reset and Transform

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Maintaining the 'Strength of the Nation'-Sustain, Prepare, Reset and Transform


"As we look to [the] future, we do so with an Army that is already stretched by the impacts of six years of war," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. during his remarks at the AUSA Annual Meeting's Eisenhower Luncheon.

"And while we remain a resilient, committed, professional force, today's Army is out of balance," he added. "The current demand for our forces exceeds the sustainable supply. We are consumed with meeting the demands of the current fight and unable to provide ready forces as rapidly as necessary for other contingencies. Our reserve components are performing an operational role for which they were neither originally designed, nor resourced. The limited periods at home between deployments necessitate a focus on counterinsurgency training at the expense of training for the full spectrum of operations. Soldiers, families, support systems and equipment are stressed by the demands of these repeated deployments. Overall, we are consuming our readiness as fast as we can build it."

Gen. Casey added, "We will act quickly to restore balance to our allvolunteer force, restore necessary depth and breadth to Army capabilities and build essential capacity for the future. Four imperatives will frame what we need to do. Implementing these imperatives will require several years, considerable resources and sustained commitment by Congress and the American people."

The four imperatives set by Gen. Casey are sustain, prepare, reset and transform.

* Sustain: "We must improve the manner in which we sustain the Army's soldiers, families and civilians," Gen. casey explained. "Recruiting, training and retaining our soldiers-the centerpiece of our force-can only be done by transforming our quality recruits into soldiers who are physically tough, mentally adaptive and live the Warrior Ethos, and by doing a better job of caring for families who are impacted by their commitment and service. ... It is our commitment to build a partnership with Army families to ensure their continuing strength and resilience."

* Prepare: "We need to continue to prepare our forces for success in the current conflict," Gen. casey said. "We have made great strides in equipping our soldiers, and we are continually adapting our training and our equipment to keep pace with an evolving enemy. We remain committed to providing our deploying soldiers with the best available equipment to ensure that they maintain the technological advantage over any enemy that they face. …

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