Army Strategic Planning Guidance 2013   [open pdf - 722KB]

"Many factors combine to define the operational environment. The future begins to take shape as technological factors combine with demography, environmental factors and political turmoil. The Army of the future must be adapted to the likely conditions it will find in the complex future operational environment. The future is uncertain but not entirely unknown. It will remain complicated, volatile and dangerous. America's military global reach is significant, but its resources are not unlimited. The Army must prioritize the capabilities required to complement national efforts aimed at preserving stability and promoting peace. The Army force must be regionally aligned and mission tailored. Its relevance depends on accurately assessing and meeting regional needs. Army forces must be tailored to local requirements and rapidly deployable at the lowest levels. To be effective, Soldiers must be familiar with local cultures, personalities and conditions in the theaters they operate in. Together, all components of the Army must become a force capable of multiple simultaneous engagements around the world, delivering units from the smallest to the largest depending on circumstances. This requires equipment that gives squads, as the foundation of the force, capabilities that overwhelm all potential foes, enabled by vehicles that improve mobility and lethality while retaining survivability. Units require a network that connects all assets in even the most austere environments to deliver decisive results in the shortest possible time. Finally, the Army must preserve the ability to reassemble forces rapidly, building the mass necessary to fight and win the Nation's wars. In so doing, the Army will ensure that it delivers truly strategic land power to the Nation in a complex and uncertain world."

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