Executive Briefings

U.S. Army Commits to Becoming an Agile Enterprise

Like any organization, the Army has to continue to look into the future and adapt, says Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Army and member of the Joint Chiefs. "Because it takes so long to get an organization of 1.1 million people to adapt, it's necessary to move forward now. We didn't have the army we needed on September 11. It was a good army but it was designed for major tank battles on the plains of Europe or the Middle East. But that is not what we need in order to operate in the 21st century. My predecessors initiated changes, but the Army was slow to accept them. After September 11, people got focused. We began converting to a more versatile organization, one that could rapidly face a range of different threats. The only certainty is uncertainty. So what we were trying to do was to build a versatile organization that can do a range of different things. All of this transformation is taking place while we continue to deploy and redeploy 150,000 soldiers a year and while we rebase the army. In three years, this army will be fundamentally different from what it was."
Source: Chief Executive

Like any organization, the Army has to continue to look into the future and adapt, says Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Army and member of the Joint Chiefs. "Because it takes so long to get an organization of 1.1 million people to adapt, it's necessary to move forward now. We didn't have the army we needed on September 11. It was a good army but it was designed for major tank battles on the plains of Europe or the Middle East. But that is not what we need in order to operate in the 21st century. My predecessors initiated changes, but the Army was slow to accept them. After September 11, people got focused. We began converting to a more versatile organization, one that could rapidly face a range of different threats. The only certainty is uncertainty. So what we were trying to do was to build a versatile organization that can do a range of different things. All of this transformation is taking place while we continue to deploy and redeploy 150,000 soldiers a year and while we rebase the army. In three years, this army will be fundamentally different from what it was."
Source: Chief Executive