Future Army National Guard: Easing Contemporary Challenges of Transformation   [open pdf - 68KB]

"The Contemporary Operating Environment facing the United States Army is much different today from even fifteen years ago. Leaders at every level of government recognize that we must adapt to address these contemporary challenges. The National Guard is in the process of transforming with this in mind. Transformation is always difficult. There are many aspects of transformation that are both essential and challenging. Foremost among these is changing organizational culture. However, deliberate efforts can bring about timely, positive adaptation. This paper explores the factors bearing on cultural changes that will speed effective transformation in the Army National Guard. The paper will examine factors bearing on change including the Contemporary Operating Environment and transformation efforts within the Departments of Defense and the Army. This paper will also consider the growing demands for an operational reserve for federal forces balanced with the needs for Homeland Security, a major area of consideration since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. This paper recommends both conceptual and practical actions to speed cultural change in the National Guard necessary for successful strategic transformation."

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