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Edition: Wed, March 08, 2006
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To support global operations while transforming, we are preparing our forces for war – or resetting them – as quickly and efficiently as we can. Our reset program is restoring units returning from war to required levels of readiness to prepare them for future missions.

2006 Army Posture Statement


Army Reset Program

What is it? The Army's reset program is a series of actions to restore units to a desired level of combat capability commensurate with mission requirements and availability of resources. These actions fall into four areas:

• Bring all equipment to Army readiness standards and mitigate effects of intense usage in a desert environment;

• Where sensible and affordable, upgrade capability based on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) lessons learned;
• Replace battle losses and washed out equipment; and
• Reorganize resetting units to a modular design in support of the Army Campaign Plan.

The goal is to return active-component unit equipment readiness to Army standards within 180 days after redeployment and reserve-component unit equipment within 360 days. Active-component units undergoing modular transformation have 300 days to complete reset and reorganization. The maintenance work is done at organic depots, installations, and contractor facilities.

What has the Army done? The Army has reset more than 20 major units, including:

3rd Infantry Division;

4th Infantry Division;
101st Air Assault Division;
10th Mountain Division;
82nd Airborne Division;
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division;
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division;
3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division; and
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The Army has repaired a wide range of equipment, including aircraft, tracked vehicles, wheeled vehicles, and support equipment.

For additional information on this topic please visit http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/25.html


March 8 - The Future of Transatlantic Security Relations, co-sponsored by the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University and the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, College Station Texas. For more information: http://bush.tamu.edu/transatlantic/


  • Army Unit Status Reports Move Online (ARNEWS)

  • Army Transferring Bases to Iraqi Forces (ARNEWS)

  • Elite U.S. Troops Expand Role (Military.com)

  • Troubled Soldiers Turn to Chaplains for Help (CSM)

  • Soldiers Put Smiles on Faces (MNF-Iraq)


  • Iraqi Security Forces Grow; First Iraqi Air Base Opens (MNF-Iraq)

  • Iraq War Drains Guard of Equipment (Military.com)

  • Hopes of Troop Pullout Fading (Military.com)

  • Rumsfeld Accuses Iran of Sending Forces into Iraq (VOA)

  • Iraqi Counterterror Unit Proves Its Mettle In Hostage Rescue (EB)

  • Iraq Reconstruction Plan Draws Criticism Following Delays (USAToday)


  • Mixed Messages on Iraq (PI)

  • Iran Threatens U.S. With 'Harm and Pain' (ABC)

  • Infantry Patrol (TOR)

  • Inside the House of Cards (TA)

  • No Civil War, Security Forces Self-Sufficient, Oodles of Smiles from Happy Iraqis Living in Baghdad "Slum" (NH)


  • Annan: U.S. Forces May be Violating International Law (USAToday | Story)

  • Iraq's Civil War Nightmare (BBC | Story)

  • US Admits to Possibility of Civil War in Iraq (ODT | Story)


  • The Iranian government is Knowingly Killing US Troops (BS)

  • Things are Falling Into Place in Iraq (BS)

  • Rummy: No Bad Iraq News, Just al-Qaeda Misinformation (DK)

  • Sunni Tribes Declare War on al-Qaeda in Iraq (Salon)

Edition: Tue, March 07, 2006
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"Because the enemy adapts and the environment emerges and changes every day, we want to see what's changing, see what the Soldier needs. We want to very rapidly turn that and get it back into the Soldier's hands."

Colonel Gregory Tubbs

Director, Rapid Equipping Force


Rapid Equipping Force

What is it? Rapid Equipping Force REF is an operational activity that rapidly provides combat commanders with cutting-edge solutions that increase lethality, improve force protection and enhance survivability. The REF takes operational guidance from the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and reports to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army. REF works directly with operational commanders to find solutions to identified equipping requirements. REF accomplishes its mission by working in partnership with U.S. Army Material Command, industry, academia, Army senior leaders, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Army acquisition community, and the Army Test and Evaluation Command to meet immediate Warfighter needs. The mission of the REF is to rapidly provide operational commanders with employable solutions to enhance lethality, survivability and force protection through insertion of commercial/government off-the-shelf and future force technologies, while ensuring the Army remains ahead of an adaptive enemy. A primary task of the REF is to focus on solutions to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and to directly support the Joint IED Defeat Task Force. In its General Support role to the Army, REF forward teams quickly identify and evaluate the needs and desired capabilities of our forces. The REF develops and rapidly acquires appropriate solutions while documenting a streamlined methodology for acquisition with the cooperation and oversight of the Army Acquisition Executive.

What has the Army done? To date, the REF has introduced over 87 different types of equipment, providing more than 15,000 items to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom units. REF solutions include: robots like the PACKBOT and MARCBOT for interrogating caves and suspicious packages for booby traps and improvised explosive devices; personnel and vehicle scanning systems; persistent surveillance systems; digital translators for Soldiers to communicate with locals in their own language; explosive material detectors; and much more. REF technologies save Soldiers' lives. REF adaptive practices are at the forefront of Army modernization and serve as a catalyst and change agent for Army transformation.

For more information on this topic, please visit http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/18.html and http://www.ref.army.mil.


  • Army Transferring Bases to Iraqi Forces (ARNEWS)

  • Army Unit Status Reports Move Online (ARNEWS)

  • Army Cover-Up Also Investigated (Military.com)

  • Official Indicted for Fraud, Bribery (AT)

  • U.S. Wins Ruling Over Recruiting At Universities (EB)


  • Iraqi Commander Killed in Attack (DOD)

  • Envoy To Iraq Sees Threat Of Wider War (EB)

  • 8,000 Desert During Iraq war (USAToday)

  • NATO Commander Says Afghan Insurgents Not Strong Enough for Resurgence (VOA)

  • General Says Troops Out of Iraq by 2008 (UKP)


  • Iraq: The Untold Truths (EB)

  • Two Different Paces in Iraq (CSM)

  • Right to Investigate (CCT)

  • UnCivil Affairs in SOCOM (SP)


  • U.S. Faces Latest Trouble With Iraqi Forces: Loyalty (IHT | Story)

  • 'Indo-US Deal to Complicate Iran, N Korea Issues' (NKT | Story)

  • Friendliness and Fear on Tour in Iraq (BBC | Story)


  • The Supreme Court Wants You in the U.S. Army (MD)

  • Bush Out (BS)

  • Pat Tillman: An Annotated Timeline (1115)

Edition: Mon, March 06, 2006
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The condition of the Army today can only be understood when one considers where we have been and where we are going.. The changes in the world have made us realize that to ultimately be successful in the Global War on Terror, we must transform our capabilities. We will not be ready and relevant in the 21st Century unless we become much more expeditionary, more joint, more rapidly deployable and adaptive, as well as enhance our capability to be successful across the entire range of military operations from major combat to the condition of stability.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey

Secretary of the Army



What is it? Rapid Fielding Initiative RFI leverages current programs and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to give the Soldier increased survivability, lethality, and mobility capabilities. The RFI list is updated periodically by the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to keep the list relevant to the war and its lessons learned. The RFI list comprises two types of equipment:

• Equipment every Soldier receives (items such as helmet, clothing items and boots) and

• Additional unit equipment fielded only to Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs). The unit equipment kit includes lethality and specialty items not used by every Soldier, such as weapons optics and Military Operations on Urban Terrain kits. Several items are fielded simultaneously with, but are not part of, RFI. These include Interceptor Body Armor, Thermal Weapon Sights, Night Vision Goggles, and the Army Combat Uniform.

What has the Army Done? In October 2002, the Vice Chief of Staff, Army directed Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier to develop the RFI program to equip all deploying Soldiers with enhanced capabilities for the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). This directive initiated the U.S. Army's largest equipment fielding effort since World War II and is intended to supplement unit and Soldier equipment with essential capabilities required for success in the GWOT. The Army is fielding RFI equipment to every Soldier, regardless of component. Priority of fielding is to Soldiers deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Horn of Africa, Balkans, and then the remainder of the operating Army until complete. As of November 2005, the Army has fielded RFI equipment to 500,000 Soldiers worldwide. The RFI fielding facility in Iraq completed its mission in November 2004 and is now operating in Kuwait. The goal is to conduct RFI in accordance with the "Equip, Train, and Deploy" concept in order to maximize home station training. Every attempt is made to field RFI to units and Soldiers prior to deployment, however, an RFI fielding site remains in Kuwait, as well as Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan, to field RFI equipment to any OIF or OEF individual or unit that does not receive RFI at home station. The Defense Logistics Agency instituted an in-theater RFI sustainment strategy on October 13, 2004, to sustain Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment items at their forward warehouse in Kuwait for units to requisition. RFI fielding to the Army at large began in June 2005.

For more information on this topic, please visit http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/19.html


  • Army to Conduct Criminal Probe of Tillman's Death (DOD)

  • US Army in Flight on Production of (Re)New H-47 Chinooks (DID)

  • Bastogne Soldiers Foil Rocket Attack (ARNEWS)

  • Soldier Gets 15 Years, Discharge for Murder, Assault Charges (AT)

  • Eager to Serve in American Samoa (MSNBC)


  • Iraqi People Pulled Back From Civil War Abyss, Pace Says (DOD)

  • Abizaid: Iraq can expect more bombings (USAToday)

  • Separate Iraq Operations Net 62 Terrorism Suspects (DOD)

  • US Cast Wide Net in Terror War (Military.com)

  • Iraq Detainees Cite New Abuse (EB)

  • US Military Seeks To Conduct Zaytun-Like Operation In Iraq (EB)


  • General's War Comments Criticized (Military.com)

  • U.S. Troops Seeking Iraq Exit Strategy Too (CT)

  • The Court-Martial Of Willie Brand (CBS)

  • Did US Know Iraq Had No WMDs? (EB)

  • End Iraq Tragedy Before it Swallows the Entire Region (Aljazeera)


  • Iraqi Jail Torture 'Increasing' (Aljazeera | Story)

  • We’ll Win Battle Against Terror’ (Arab News | Story)

  • Hamas Rejects Advice From Al-Qaida (VOA | Story)

  • A Place That Is Rougher and Bleaker Than Guantanamo (Arab News | Story)
  • 100 Years on, U.S. Forces Still Rule the Roost in Jolo (NKT | Story)


  • What If They Held a Civil War and Nobody Came (SDP)

  • Is there a civil war going on in Iraq? (STJ)

  • Army's female pilots still facing hurdles (FB)

Edition: Fri, March 03, 2006
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"The concept of adapting to confront a wider range of threats also informed recent changes to U.S. global posture. We surveyed where U.S. forces were stationed abroad and noted that they were more or less where they had been at the height of the Cold War. So we resolved to re-position them to diffuse global threats."

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
FY 2007 Posture Statement Before The Senate Armed Services Committee


Global Force Posture

What is it? The Army is adjusting its global posture to meet the needs of Combatant Commanders. The objective is to increase strategic responsiveness while decreasing its overseas footprint and exposure. As part of a larger Department of Defense program, these adjustments will have a fundamental impact on our facilities and our ability to surge forces when needed. In place of traditional overseas bases with extensive infrastructure, we intend to use smaller forward operating bases with prepositioned equipment and rotational presence of personnel. These adjustments will also support the stabilization initiative by requiring less moves to overseas bases for our Soldiers and their families.

Parallel with the Base Realignment and Closure process, the Army is identifying critical joint power projection installations to support the mobilization, demobilization and rapid deployment of Army forces. We are also enhancing force reception and deployed logistics capabilities to quickly respond to unforeseen contingencies.

To complete the transition to an expeditionary force, we will reposition ground forces to meet emerging challenges and adjust our permanent overseas presence to a unit-rotation model that is synchronized with force generation initiatives. In Europe, both heavy divisions will return to the United States. They are being replaced by expanding the airborne brigade in Italy, enhancing the Army's training center in Germany and establishing a possible rotational presence in Eastern Europe. We will maintain a rotational presence in the Middle East while eliminating many of our permanent bases. In the Pacific, we will maintain smaller forward-presence forces, but will station more agile and expeditionary forces capable of rapid response at power projection bases. Finally, we will leverage our improved readiness to increase our rotational training presence among our security partners.

For more information on topics related to this effort, visit http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/49.html


  • Army to discharge Reserve non-participants (ARNEWS)

  • U.S. Army’s Cav Troops Help Train Iraqi Soldiers (DOD)

  • Air Force, Army agree on light cargo aircraft (AT)

  • Army Revises Civilian Force (EB)

  • DHB Industries Receives $54 Million Purchase Order from U.S. Army for Interceptor(TM) OTV (Outer Tactical Vest) (Yahoo)

  • US Army modular redesign: CRS Report for Congress (SN)


  • Troop Withdrawal May Be Delayed (Military.com)

  • Soldiers describe 'Emotional Roller Coaster' upon return from war (ABC)

  • U.S. Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang' (CBS)

  • Gangs 'kill freely' in Iraq chaos (BBC)

  • Turkey says US troops must stay in Iraq, fears vacuum (AlertNet)

  • US postwar planning for Iraq almost nonexistent (CSM)


  • CENTCOM Team Engages 'Bloggers' (DOD)

  • Iraq civil war would be tough test for U.S. military (Reuters)

  • Rumsfeld's war (SB)

  • Soldier shares memories and experiences of Iraq (TU)


  • No, it's not Vietnam. This one's a civil war (IHT | Story)

  • U.S. troops know they’re dying for a lie (KC | Story)

  • Canadian killed in Kandahar crash - Soldier wanted to go on risky mission (OC | Story)

  • Turkish Film Breaks Records by Showing U.S. Troops as Criminals (Bloomberg | Story)
  • Guantanamo man tells of 'torture' (BBC | Story)


  • Army recruits bloggers (IOE)

  • Today in Iraq (BS)

  • What would happen if Iraq attacked Iran today? (SI)

Edition: Thu, March 02, 2006
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"The Army’s new concept of support is critical to our ability to build a campaign-quality force with joint and expeditionary capability."

-The 2006 Army Posture Statement



What is it? Expeditionary Capabilities provide the Army with the ability to rapidly deploy anywhere, at any time, in any environment, against any adversary, to accomplish the assigned mission. The new strategic context of continuous operations renders obsolete the old Army readiness paradigm of “all ready, all the time.” Continuous, full-spectrum expeditionary operations are the new reality. The Army is developing a process of force generation to provide Combatant Commanders and civil authorities with rapidly deployable, employable and sustainable force capabilities packages tailored to specific mission requirements.

What has the Army done? The Army, in conjunction with the other services, must continue to seek improved airlift and sealift capabilities that will enable insertion of Brigade Combat Teams in austere settings (not relying on Air and Sea Ports of Debarkation), with minimal requirement for Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration. Strategic responsiveness is enhanced through improving the ability to deploy rapidly to austere fighting environments, fight on arrival throughout the battlespace and sustain operations until victorious. These initiatives include:

• Establishing a comprehensive Army Force Generation process to provide Combatant Commanders and civil authorities with rapidly deployable and employable Army forces.

• Resetting Army prepositioned equipment sets into modular configurations.
• Building modular capabilities that improve theater force reception and logistics connectivity and distribution capability in the Brigade Combat Teams.
• Identifying and improving infrastructure at critical power projection installations to support mobilization, demobilization and rapid deployment.
• Updating institutional processes to prepare forces for rapid deployments and to support forces in sustained expeditionary operations.

For more information on this topic, please go to Addenda J, Expeditionary Capabilities http://www.army.mil/aps/06/maindocument/infopapers/02.html


March 8 - The Future of Transatlantic Security Relations, co-sponsored by the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University and the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, College Station Texas. For more information: http://bush.tamu.edu/transatlantic/


  • Army 07 budget boosts FCS, ‘irregular warfare’ (ARNEWS)

  • Senators Press Army To Curtail Rising Cost Of Future Combat Program (EB)

  • Army treating more Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (ARNEWS)

  • Army Reserve May Take Over Civil Affairs (Military.com)

  • Silver medalist returns home briefly before National Guard duty (ESPN)


  • Bush: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Serving on 'Frontier of Freedom' (DOD)

  • Terrorist growth overtakes U.S. efforts (WT)
  • Terror Attacks on Iraqi Civilians Resume; Security Detainees Convicted (MNF-Iraq)

  • Taliban Rebels Still Menacing Afghan South (EB)

  • Where Is Iraq After Nearly 3 Years of War? (EB)


  • We Can't Force Democracy (EB)

  • Ala. faces federal suit over military overseas voting (AT)

  • U.S. Military Targets Blogs To Shape Opinions On Iraq, Afghanistan Operations (EB)

  • Governors defend National Guard (CSM)

  • The risks of proactive US diplomacy (CSM)


  • Editorial: Bush’s Visit (AN | Story)

  • Samarra bombing: Lax measures or plotting? (Aljazeera | Story)

  • United Iraqi Protests Against US Divide And Rule Policy (CC | Story)


  • Iraqi Mayor Thanks US Army (GP)

  • Iraq - Future looks fragile and uncertain (BS)

  • The Vision Thing (BS)

Edition: Wed, March 01, 2006
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"The greatest source of our intelligence are the Iraqi people in these towns."

Col. Stephen W. Davis

Commander, Regimental Command Team-2, assigned to Multinational Force-West in Iraq.


Actionable Intelligence
Actionable Intelligence provides Commanders and Soldiers a high level of shared situational understanding, delivered with the speed, accuracy, and timeliness necessary to operate at their highest potential and conduct successful operations.

Essential Tasks:

Change the Culture - Instill an Army-wide culture that intelligence is operations and the mindset that every Soldier is a sensor. Develop intelligence with a Campaign, Joint and Expeditionary mindset operating from mud to space, capable of directing the full spectrum "Fight for Knowledge" using any asset to support the commander at the point of decision.

Tactical Intelligence - Design a modular tactical intelligence force that is born Joint - capable of independent action, empowered by the global grid that can be quickly tailored and aligned to support any situation.
Create the Framework - With the Network Task Force, create an intelligence framework linking analytic centers, databases and sensors all focused on supporting leaders and Soldiers to provide the best possible understanding of the battlefield.
Transform Training - Embed the philosophy of actionable intelligence throughout the Army and reshape training to emphasize actionable intelligence to stress intelligence is operations from peacetime engagement to stability and support operations.
Transform Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence - Develop a full spectrum intelligence force that provides a tactical human intelligence capability and a professional counterintelligence force. This force must be capable of providing relevant reporting in a synchronized network centric environment that links with other collectors on the battlespace. This force must be able to conduct intelligence operations to protect the force and shape the environment across all phases of war.
Rapid Technology Prototyping - Employ technology insertion and spiral development to get today's technology into the field faster.

For more information on this critical topic please go to http://www.army.mil/aps/06/15_addendums.html


Terrorism Workshop - National Military Strategic Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Initiatives, featuring Brigadier General Robert L. Caslen Jr., co-sponsored by the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the RAND Corporation, Noon-1:30 p.m., Washington, D.C. This program will be web cast live at http://www.eisenhowerseries.com.


  • Insurgents captured after attack on Coalition (ARNEWS)

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Iraq veterans suffers stress disorder (MSNBC)

  • Pockets of violence, not civil war (MNF-Iraq)

  • Advisory Committee Recommends Big Changes to Military Pay System (DoD)

  • U.S. Tightens Terms on Boeing Army Program (LAT)


  • President Bush Makes Surprise Visit To Afghanistan (EB)

  • End Iraq War Soon, Most Troops Say In Poll (NBC)

  • Support is growing for sending more troops to Iraq (USAToday)

  • Iraqi Asks U.S. To Step Back From Talks (EB)

  • More than 150 Iraqi Soldiers Graduate from Academy (CENTCOM)

  • Ex-Intelligence Officials Say Iraq Warnings Ignored (EB)

  • Pentagon: Pakistani forces roust terrorists (USAToday)


  • Army fails families of injured (PI)

  • Being mean is part of the job (2nd ID)

  • Military spouses may get assistance (CP)

  • Court blocks new rules for civilian DoD employees (AT)

  • West Point gets new superintendent (AT)


  • Iraq Sunni clerics blame Shi'ites, U.S. for violence (AlertNet | Story)

  • Iraq is the mess created by US and UK (KT | Story)

  • US terms potential civil war in Iraq "serious setback" (Xinhuanet | Story)
  • It's time for an American foreign legion (IHT | Story)

Edition: Tue, February 28, 2006
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"If nothing is done now, then DoD could be paying $64 billion for military health care in 2015."

Gen. Peter Pace
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


DoD considering ways to control healthcare costs

The Department of Defense is considering raising TRICARE premiums for retirees under age 65, as a way to control the long-term costs of military healthcare and save the benefits for future service members.

• Without this increase, there is concern that long-term costs may eventually diminish the benefits provided and impact the nation’s defense capability and national security.

• DoD provides truly outstanding health benefits for active-duty and reserve-component members, retirees, and their families under TRICARE, and plans to continue this service.

• “TRICARE has improved steadily in recent years,” said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. “Independent surveys show TRICARE ranks as one of the nation’s best health plans,” he said. Unique benefits include a national network of more than 220,000 physicians, all U.S. hospitals, and 55,000 retail pharmacies. Military medical facilities have one of the best electronic health record systems in the world.

• Winkenwerder pointed out the issue at hand: “TRICARE’s costs have more than doubled in 5 years from $19 billion in FY 01 to $38 billion in FY 06, and analysts project these costs to reach $64 billion by 2015 – more than 12 percent of DoD’s anticipated budget. It’s at 8 percent today.”

• Costs have grown because of expansion of benefits, increased use by retiree beneficiaries, health inflation, and no change in TRICARE premiums in the last 10 years.

• Large numbers of under-65 retirees are dropping employer-sponsored healthcare plans and relying on TRICARE. As a result, DoD increasingly subsidizes healthcare costs for many private-sector companies and some state governments.

• Total beneficiary cost shares have declined substantially. Beneficiaries paid 27 percent of their service cost in 1995 but only 12 percent in 2005, Winkenwerder said.

• It is essential to restore an appropriate cost-sharing relationship between beneficiaries and the Defense Department as an employer and provider of TRICARE. DoD has a plan to address this very important issue so that the military health benefit program can be on a fiscally sound foundation for the long term.

• A reasonable approach, achieved in a stepwise fashion, will be to re-establish the proportional level of individual cost sharing of 1995. This plan will have no impact on active-duty personnel or over-65 retiree beneficiary premiums.

• Even with proposed changes in the DoD plan, TRICARE would REMAIN the nation’s very best health benefit and would continue to cost significantly less than comparable federal, state, and private health plans.

The Army supports DoD’s efforts of informing Congress of the steps that are necessary to sustain this great health benefit. It is vitally important to our beneficiaries and to our national security. For more information visit http://www.tricare.mil/STB/index.cfm


  • The Future of U.S. Warfare (USN)

  • Army expands eligibility for $1,000 Referral Bonus (ARNEWS)

  • Heavy-vehicle simulator opens in Europe (ARNEWS)

  • Raytheon picks up $122 million U.S. Army contract (TBJP)

  • U.S. Army Laboratory Makes Major Linux Computing Cluster Move (CW)

  • America Supports You: Toyota Helps Guardsmen, Reservists Find Jobs (DoD)


  • MNF-I: Violence in Iraq not civil war (ARNEWS)

  • Iraqi Police, Soldiers capture suspected IED emplacers (ARNEWS)

  • Iraqi Security Forces heighten visibility throughout Iraq (MNF-Iraq)

  • Vicksburg Engineer's Church Reaches Out to Help Iraqi Orphans (CENTCOM)

  • Iraqi Security Forces Show Unity Despite Sectarian Violence (DoD)


  • Levees in Question as Hurricane Season Approaches (NPR)

  • $2.6 Bn in Last-Minute Cuts to US Army's Heavy Forces Biting Deep (DID)

  • Post-Iraq, U.S. ponders a small Mideast military force (USN)

  • Diplomacy Helped To Calm the Chaos (WP)

  • Coast Guard raised port-deal concerns in December (TPI)


  • Spying in the US - crisis or non-event? (Aljazeera | Story)

  • US sceptical of Iran nuclear deal (Aljazeera | Story)

  • Saudis claim upper hand with al-Qaeda (BBC | Story)
  • US settles suit by 9/11 detainee (BBC | Story)

  • Iran minister says won't give up nuclear programme (Swissinfo | Story)

Edition: Mon, February 27, 2006
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“We are retaining the complete mission set from the Futures Center and adding the tremendous responsibility for integrating capabilities into the Modular Force. We must work the synchronization and coordination of agencies across the Army and the Joint community to ensure we accelerate inserting capabilities into the Modular Force when these are ready to meet an essential need. Our role in inserting [Future Combat Systems] capabilities into the force when ready is critical to enabling the Army to evolve rapidly while engaged in this long war.”

Dr. Francis J. Harvey

Secretary of the Army


Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC)

A means for integrating technologies for the Army’s Modular Force envisioned by Army Secretary Dr. Francis J. Harvey has come to fruition with the creation of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC). Based on a briefing presented by Dr. Harvey, the redesignation of the Futures Center to the ARCIC has been directed by General Order 4, effective Feb 15, 2006. The ARCIC, through the TRADOC commanding general, will be responsible to the SecArmy and CSA, and it will have four main areas of responsibility – all integral to successfully implementing the Army Plan:

• Using wargaming, experimentation and concepts to develop and integrate capability requirements from a comprehensive DOTMLPF perspective.

• Providing the management structure for identifying capability gaps and directing analytical support for DOTMLPF developments, including validating research-and-development priorities for key Army science and technology needs. The ARCIC will also develop and validate integrated operational architectures depicting warfighting capabilities.

• Serving as the lead Army agency for coordination with Joint agencies and other services for integration of Joint capabilities, including Joint wargaming, concept development and experimentation.

• Integrating across the Army DOTMLPF requirements identification and integration, including current developments supporting the Global War on Terrorism and the full range of developments and transformational efforts supporting the future force.

Lt. Gen. Curran will serve as the ARCIC director. The organization will be located at Fort Monroe, Va., with a forward element located in Arlington, Va. The ARCIC, in integrating force-capability requirements across the Army, will serve a key role in learning and adapting to meet the demands of a nation at war while anticipating solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.


  • National Guard Soldier takes Olympic silver medal (NTN)

  • Army WCAP program churning out Olympians (TCP)


  • Sears Holding joins Army recruiting partnership (ARNEWS)

  • 7 Army paratroopers accused of sex acts shown on Web site (ARNEWS)

  • Soldiers find, destroy bomb near mosque (ARNEWS)

  • US Army brigades to train foreign forces (JD)

  • Female pilots get their shot in Iraq's skies (MSNBC)

  • Contract for flexible body armor awarded (AT)


  • U.S. troops avoid both sides of sectarian fight south of Baghdad (Stripes)

  • Iraqi Army assumes battle space responsibility in central Baghdad (ARNEWS)

  • Cache or Credit? Iraq 's Army getting both (MNF-Iraq)

  • Report Charts Iraqi Political, Economic, Security Progress (DOD)

  • Posters Bridge Gap Between Iraqi Army, Locals (DOD)


  • Iran: the next war (MAG)

  • Marine Corps Special Operations command operated (DOD)

  • Fort’s troops get dose of Iraqi reality (TO)
  • Halliburton said to get disputed Iraq costs (CNN)

  • Guantanamo II (SLATE)


  • Sudan leader warns against UN force (Aljazeera | Story)

  • Al-Qaida says it hit Saudi oil facility (Aljazeera | Story)

  • Saudi forces kill suspected militants after siege (Reuters | Story)

  • Prisoners at Bagram being held uncharged (IHT | Story)

Edition: Fri, February 24, 2006
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I have seen the fruits of your success with my own eyes. I just returned from a week in Iraq, visiting the troops deployed there now, units like the 4th Infantry Division and the 101st (Airborne) Division. They are benefiting from your efforts and continue to rebuild damaged infrastructure and repair tattered civic institutions in a land long torn by conflict. (Source: Vice thanks 42nd ID Soldiers for Iraq tour)

Gen. Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army


2006 Army Posture Statement: Army Compelling Needs

The Army has accomplished many tasks to mitigate operational, future, force management and institutional risk. See the 2006 Army Posture Statement for greater details. To manage risk (click link to go to exact section within the Army Posture Statement) to acceptable levels during wartime, the Army requires for 2007:

* Full funding of the Army request in the 2007 President's Budget and supplemental funding for combat and contingency operations to continue to reset, repair, recapitalize, replace battle losses of equipment, and overcome the stress on equipment resulting from sustained combat operations in harsh environments. These resources will ensure that the Army is fully manned, trained, and equipped to achieve victory in the war on terrorism.

* Funding to increase Army capabilities and overall capacity as well as support for the legislative authorities and programs needed to assure access to our reserve components. We must achieve a proper balance of capabilities and skills among our active and reserve forces and continue to build high-quality units to increase capability and ease the strain on our deployed Soldiers.

* Support and funding to achieve critical recruiting and retention goals needed to grow our operational forces. Meeting these goals for our active and reserve Soldiers sustains the quality and effectiveness of our All-Volunteer force.

* Funding for the Future Combat Systems program to enhance current force capabilities today with "spin outs" of available technology and accelerate more than 300 other modernization programs. These capabilities will directly benefit our active and reserve components, all U.S. ground forces, and our allies that support ground campaigns.

* Full funding to maintain momentum in building a rotational pool of 70 BCTs and more than 200 modular Support Brigades and headquarters. Already well under way, our transformation to become a fully modular force is preparing our Soldiers to conduct sustained operations of the type we see today and prepares our Soldiers for tomorrow's challenges.

* Full funding for Army installations and support to execute a carefully synchronized plan to achieve a new global basing posture, while fulfilling the requirements of the National Military Strategy. Continued support for Army installations and quality-of-life programs is required to sustain the All-Volunteer force, now being tested for the first time in a prolonged war.

* Support for funding and authorities for Army Business Transformation initiatives to achieve targeted efficiencies through management reform, Institutional Army adaptation and reengineered business practices. These initiatives will free human and financial resources for more compelling operational needs and accelerate other aspects of our transformation.

The Army needs the continued support of the American people to meet the needs of the Combatant Commanders and our Soldiers, who answer the Call to Duty by volunteering to serve the Nation in this time of war.


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  • FBI memo details abuse of detainees (ST)

  • Vice thanks 42nd ID Soldiers for Iraq tour (ARNEWS)

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  • 'Reflections on Return': Sharing War Experience (NPR)


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  • U.S. Looks to Baghdad to Deal With Violence (WP)


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  • Moussaoui Defense wary of Jury Pool (CBS News)

  • NORTHCOM eyed for expanded role (RMN)

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  • Army presents long-lost dog tags to remaining Crawford siblings (TIJ)
  • Top US general praises NZ role in Afghanistan (NZH)


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  • U.S. Asks Yemen to arrest prominent scholar (Arab News | story)

  • Soldiers die in 'Taleban attack' (BBC News | story)

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