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TODAY'S FOCUS


2006 Army Posture Statement: Provide Relevant and Ready Landpower

  The Army is improving its capabilities to prevail in the war on terrorism and sustain all our global commitments.  While fighting, we are:

*  Maintaining the momentum of our transformation and modernization.
-   Transforming to create an active and reserve component pool of 70 modular Brigade Combat Teams, reinforced by over 200 modular Support Brigades.
-   Modernizing - for the first time in decades - to field Future Combat Systems and other advanced technologies.

*  Improving readiness to deal with irregular, catastrophic, disruptive - and traditional - challenges.

*   Building a modular force in which brigades - not divisions - can "plug into" joint and coalition task forces in expeditionary and campaign settings.

*   Building depth (more) and breadth (more kinds) to ensure Soldiers and units can adapt to new challenges.


-   Building more brigades to increase strategic flexibility and relieve stress on Soldiers and equipment.

-   Developing more kinds of capability by making our brigades more powerful, versatile, deployable, and relevant to new challenges.

*   Creating improvements in: Sustaining the Force, Actionable Intelligence, Stability Operations, Homeland Defense, Operating in Complex Environments, Facing Irregular Challenges, Battle Command, and more.

*   Ensuring that every investment in our current force benefits our future force.

These initiatives enable the Army to support current global operations and prevail in the war on terrorism, surge forces for unforeseen contingencies, and reduce stress on Soldiers and equipment.  We are also creating the right mix of Support Brigades to ensure that our Soldiers receive the logistical, engineering, intelligence, protection, aviation and communications capabilities they will need to support the Combatant Commanders.  We are rebalancing the force by placing the right Soldiers with the right skills into our jobs and organizations in greatest demand.  At the same time, we are stabilizing Soldiers, to keep them with their units longer, to improve teamwork and reduce stress on families caused by frequent moves between posts.  We are maintaining momentum in transforming and modernizing our formations - through modular conversion, pursuit of future combat systems, and fielding other advanced technologies.  These complementary initiatives will ensure that our Soldiers are well prepared to operate in campaign and expeditionary settings with our joint and coalition partners.


For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06 .

SOLDIERS AND THE 2006 OLYMPICS


  • Talk about disciplined (CSG)

  • National Guard athlete takes home Silver in women's bobsled (ARNEWS)

  • Bobsled team pushes pain away, wins silver (CCT)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Ex-soldier finds peace in Islam (ATS)

  • Gitmo guard force to be reduced (AT)

  • Army testing unmanned Stryker convoys (ARNEWS)

  • 'Ready First' brigade takes responsibility for Tal Afar area (SS)

  • Area veteran to meet Bush during local visit (SBT)

  • Now running for office: an army of Iraq war vets (CSM)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Turf battles in Iraq delay government's formation (CSM)

  • Blast rocks Shiite Shrine in Samarra (WP)

  • Pakistan gets Intel in Taliban Hunt (ABC News)

  • Three Ohio men indicted on terrorism charges (NPR)

  • 'Dangerous neighbor' plagues Afghanistan (WT)

  • Car bomb rocks a bustling street in Baghdad and leaves 22 dead (PI)

OF INTEREST

  • Army units in Iraq could have shorter tours of duty (USN)


  • Blast damages Shiite 'Golden Mosque' (CNN)

  • Yemeni editor imprisoned over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons (Newsweek)

  • Retired Commander urges stronger Port Security (NPR)

  • Strife deepens over port security (CSM)

  • Port noise complaint (SLATE)

  • Suspect names possible targets in FBI interrogation (FN)

  • Fires Bde. Soldiers meet Army Vice Chief of Staff through awards, reenlistments (BMN)

WORLD VIEW


  • Report: Nearly 100 dead in US custody (Aljazeera | story)

  • Commission scrutinizes German intelligence's role in Iraq (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Opinion: 'Go in early, go in light, go with civilians' (International Herald Tribune | story)

  • Shi'ite shrine attack fans sectarian flames in Iraq (Swissinfo | story)

  • U.S. reclassifies archive documents once openly available (Arab News | story)

  • US troops taught Iraqi gestures (BBC News | story)

Edition: Tue, February 21, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


FCS is the centerpiece of the Army’s modernization program. We remain totally committed to fully fielding this essential component of the future force. The Evaluation Brigade Combat Team is a key milestone in the FCS program and will enable the Army to evaluate technologies and develop tactics, techniques and procedures that will maximize the program’s value to the force.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey

Secretary of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS


2006 Army Posture Statement: Provide Infrastructure and Support

The earlier content received today was incomplete due to a technical problem.  Please utilize this version as accurate and complete information.

We are providing infrastructure and support to ensure the Army is able to execute its mission.   


We are:

* Investing in our bases that house and deploy our Soldiers, depots, arsenals, and the information network that connects them.

*  Adjusting our global footprint to be better positioned for the challenges of the 21st century and the long war on terrorism.

* Consolidating our activities to become more effective (to do our job better) and more efficient (with best use of resources).

* Reengineering the Army's business processes to free human and financial resources for more compelling operational needs.

* Reducing cycle time, overhead, and cost in every aspect of what we do.


 

The infrastructure that the Army maintains plays a vital role in supporting the Joint Force.  We are adjusting our global footprint to improve readiness at each of our installations.  Our strategic stationing plan synchronizes decisions made during the on-going transformation into the Army Modular Force, the Base Realignment and Closure process and the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy.  These plans optimize the power projection platforms that allow our units to mobilize and deploy.  To free human and financial resources for more compelling operational needs, we are reengineering every one of our business processes.  Simultaneously, we are completing the transformation of our infrastructure, consisting of installations, depots, arsenals, and the information network that connects them to gain efficiency and reflect the deployment requirements and global commitments of the 21st century security environment. 

For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06 .

WEEKEND SPORTS WRAP-UP


First Lap Incident Costly For Nemechek In Daytona 500

See story ARNEWS


SOLDIERS AND THE 2006 OLYMPICS


  • U.S. Army Olympian schedule of events (Army.mil)

  • U.S. Army Olympian bios (Army.mil)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Army's CID is looking for a few good 'G Men' (SS)

  • U.S. Counterinsurgency Academy giving officers a new mind-set (WP)

  • Kentucky vies for bioterrorism lab (CCT)

  • Red Devils look back on a year in Paktika province (SS)

  • Draft dodgers wear U.S. Army stripes (ina)

  • 4th BCT engineers rebuild Baghdad’s infrastructure (ARNEWSwww.s)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Some see hand of former Governor behind Muslim clash in Afghanistan (WP)

  • Iraq hit by 7 bomb attacks in one day (CNN)

  • Editorial: 'Democracy in the Middle East' (WT)

  • U.S. warns Iraq to create nonsectarian government (WT)

  • Iraqi bombers target hair dressers (WP)

  • War costs irk Congress (CSM)

  • Iraq's Oil Militia seen obstructing reforms (NPR)

  • US general expects more violence in Afghanistan (ABC News)

OF INTEREST


  • Editorial: 'Aid to Iran . . .' (WP)

  • The West pushes to reform traditionalist Afghan courts (CSM)


  • Rice in Mideast for talks on Hamas, Iraq (NPR)

  • Troops expand in Sudan? (SLATE)

  • Iranian students plot anti-U.S. suicide attacks (ABC News)

  • Protesters rally in Pakistan, Iraq (USAT)

  • Top Pentagon lawyer warned of abuse of U.S. detainees (FT)

  • 'BALIKATAN' OPENS; U.S. COMMITS 3,000 TROOPS TO LANDSLIDE AID (PHN)

  • U.S. envoy puts Iraq on notice (CCT)

WORLD VIEW


  • U.S. intelligence allegedly bugged German agents in Iraq (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Somali warlords unite against extremists (Aljazeera | story)

  • Documents reclassified in secret U.S. review (International Herald Tribune | story)

  • Kingdom calls for respect among nations (Arab News | story)

  • Saudi shuts paper for printing Prophet cartoons (Swissinfo | story)

  • Cartoon row draws from well of discontent (Guardian | story)

  • N. Korean envoy threatened Japan with missile launches over sanctions (The Japan Times | story)

Edition: Tue, February 21, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

FCS is the centerpiece of the Army’s modernization program. We remain totally committed to fully fielding this essential component of the future force. The Evaluation Brigade Combat Team is a key milestone in the FCS program and will enable the Army to evaluate technologies and develop tactics, techniques and procedures that will maximize the program’s value to the force.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey

Secretary of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS


2006 Army Posture Statement: Provide Infrastructure and Support

We are providing infrastructure and support to ensure the Army is able to execute its mission.   We are:

* Investing in our bases that house and deploy our Soldiers, depots, arsenals, and the information network that connects them.

*  Adjusting our global footprint to be better positioned for the challenges of the 21st century and the long war on terrorism.

* Consolidating our activities to become more effective (to do our job better) and more efficient (with best use of resources).

WEEKEND SPORTS WRAP-UP


First Lap Incident Costly For Nemechek In Daytona 500

See story ARNEWS


SOLDIERS AND THE 2006 OLYMPICS


  • U.S. Army Olympian schedule of events (Army.mil)

  • U.S. Army Olympian bios (Army.mil)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Army's CID is looking for a few good 'G Men' (SS)

  • U.S. Counterinsurgency Academy giving officers a new mind-set (WP)

  • Kentucky vies for bioterrorism lab (CCT)

  • Red Devils look back on a year in Paktika province (SS)

  • Draft dodgers wear U.S. Army stripes (ina)

  • 4th BCT engineers rebuild Baghdad’s infrastructure (ARNEWSwww.s)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Some see hand of former Governor behind Muslim clash in Afghanistan (WP)

  • Iraq hit by 7 bomb attacks in one day (CNN)

  • Editorial: 'Democracy in the Middle East' (WT)
  • U.S. warns Iraq to create nonsectarian government (WT)


  • Iraqi bombers target hair dressers (WP)

  • War costs irk Congress (CSM)

  • Iraq's Oil Militia seen obstructing reforms (NPR)

  • US general expects more violence in Afghanistan (ABC News)

OF INTEREST


  • Editorial: 'Aid to Iran . . .' (WP)

  • The West pushes to reform traditionalist Afghan courts (CSM)

  • Rice in Mideast for talks on Hamas, Iraq (NPR)

  • Troops expand in Sudan? (SLATE)

  • Iranian students plot anti-U.S. suicide attacks (ABC News)

  • Protesters rally in Pakistan, Iraq (USAT)

  • Top Pentagon lawyer warned of abuse of U.S. detainees (FT)

  • 'BALIKATAN' OPENS; U.S. COMMITS 3,000 TROOPS TO LANDSLIDE AID (PHN)

  • U.S. envoy puts Iraq on notice (CCT)

WORLD VIEW


  • U.S. intelligence allegedly bugged German agents in Iraq (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Somali warlords unite against extremists (Aljazeera | story)

  • Documents reclassified in secret U.S. review (International Herald Tribune | story)

  • Kingdom calls for respect among nations (Arab News | story)

  • Saudi shuts paper for printing Prophet cartoons (Swissinfo | story)

  • Cartoon row draws from well of discontent (Guardian | story)

  • N. Korean envoy threatened Japan with missile launches over sanctions (The Japan Times | story)

Edition: Fri, February 17, 2006

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


Living the Warrior Ethos and inspired by the Army's enduring traditions and heritage, our Soldiers are the best citizens the Nation has to offer. The Nation and free peoples around the world sleep better tonight because of their willingness to sacrifice everything so that others might live in peace and freedom.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey


Secretary of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

2006 Army Posture Statement- Provide Infrastructure and Support

We are providing infrastructure and support to ensure the Army is able to execute its mission. We are:

* Investing in our bases that house and deploy our Soldiers, depots, arsenals, and the information network that connects them.

* Adjusting our global footprint to be better positioned for the challenges of the 21st century and the long war on terrorism.

* Consolidating our activities to become more effective (to do our job better) and more efficient (with best use of resources).

* Reengineering the Army's business processes to free human and financial resources for more compelling operational needs.

* Reducing cycle time, overhead, and cost in every aspect of what we do.

The infrastructure that the Army maintains plays a vital role in supporting the Joint Force. We are adjusting our global footprint to improve readiness at each of our installations. Our strategic stationing plan synchronizes decisions made during the on-going transformation into the Army Modular Force, the Base Realignment and Closure process and the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy. These plans optimize the power projection platforms that allow our units to mobilize and deploy. To free human and financial resources for more compelling operational needs, we are reengineering every one of our business processes. Simultaneously, we are completing the transformation of our infrastructure, consisting of installations, depots, arsenals, and the information network that connects them to gain efficiency and reflect the deployment requirements and global commitments of the 21st century security environment.


For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06 .

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Army seeks urban technology (AT)

  • Iraqi troops 'saved the day' in attack that hurt ABC newsman Woodruff (SS)

  • Ex-Soldier appeals conviction for refusing order (WT | EB)

  • Commentary: Combat TSP equals tax-free retirement (ARNEWS)

  • Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 102 in raid (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Rumsfeld slams war statements by Murtha (WT)

  • Attacks spike in Iraq, U.S. General says (NPR)

  • Recruiting suicide bombers ruled not terrorism (MSNBC)

  • Studies: Al Qaeda both complex and dull (CNN)

  • Iraq death squad claims being investigated (MSNBC)

OF INTEREST


  • Opinion: 'Raw politics in Iraq' (WP)

  • Invisible men (SLATE)

  • New Abu Ghraib pictures anger Arab nations (CSM)

  • Muslim boycotts hurt Danish firms (FN)

  • Former fighters in Muslim village under watch (MH)

  • Cartoons merely fed Muslim fury (PI)

  • Studies: Al Qaeda both complex and dull (CNN)

  • Construction under way on Air Force Memorial (WE)

WORLD VIEW


  • Danish Muslims see silver lining to cartoon crisis (Reuters | story)

  • Baghdad asks Danish troops to stay (Aljazeera | story)

  • More bird flu feared in Germany (Deutsche Welle | story)


  • Opinion: 'At least no new wars began' (The Japan Times | story)

  • Annan backs UN Guantanamo demand (BBC News | story)

  • 6 killed in new Taleban attacks (Arab News | story)

  • 'Death squad' kills outspoken critic of Kazakh government (The Independent | story)

  • New Abu Ghraib images stoke US fears (BBC News | story)

Edition: Thu, February 16, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


Far more than just material solutions, Army Transformation is a multidimensional process which involves adapting new technologies to war fighting; developing improved Joint operating concepts and business processes; changing organizational structures, and developing leaders, people, and a culture that are relevant to the future. It's important to remember that Army Transformation is not an end state; it is a continuous journey in which the Operational Army and the Institutional Army adapt to an ever-changing operational environment. As such, Army Transformation is ingrained in everything we do - today, tomorrow and forever.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

2006 Army Posture Statement: Train and Equip Soldiers

The Army is preparing our Soldiers for the rigors of war and leaders to serve as multi-skilled pentathletes amidst complexity and uncertainty. We are:

* Producing Soldiers armed with the values, skills, and mindset to serve as competent, resilient warriors.

* Reinforcing our commitment to our shared Warrior Ethos among all of our Soldiers and civilians.

* Enhancing our education and training programs - at our home stations, our Combat Training Centers, and across our institutional training base.

* Leveraging lessons learned in combat, countering insurgents, promoting stability, and supporting reconstruction.

* Continuing to build the best capabilities possible - by providing the best possible weapons, sensors, and protection for our Soldiers.

* Expanding cultural awareness in our military education programs and enhancing emphasis on foreign language training.

The Army Vision centers on producing Soldiers armed with the values, combat skills and mindset that enable them to serve as competent, disciplined Warriors who reflect our shared ethos. Our training programs, at our home stations, our Combat Training Centers and across our institutional training base are leveraging our combat experiences to grow adaptive leaders who are highly skilled, resilient, able to thrive in rapidly changing environments and ready to operate with our interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners. We are committed to continuing to equip our Soldiers with the best capabilities, weapons and protection our Nation can provide - leveraging our national strength to reduce risk to our Soldiers.

For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06 .

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Note from the Editor

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SOLDIERS AND THE 2006 OLYMPICS


  • Biathletes experience the storm before the calm (DC)

  • 2006 U.S. Army Olympians (Army.mil)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • The lessons of counterinsurgency (WP | EB)

  • New photos of Abu Ghraib abuse surface (TS)

  • U.S. Army recruits offered waivers for past crimes (NPR)

  • Mission to quake-ravaged Kashmir is farewell for MASH (USAT | EB)

  • Three U.S. Army officers killed in Black Hawk crash (NPR)

  • Editorial: 'Pentagon shouldn't cast off capable troops' (TDH)

  • Army Corps of Engineers' McCoy on Iraq Reconstruction (NPR)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Pentagon concerned old Abu Ghraib photos could spark violence (VOA)

  • Rice told 'things are getting worse' in Iraq, Iran (MSNBC)

  • Report: Iraqi insurgency gaining confidence (NPR)

  • Can Shiite Jaafari unify the new Iraq? (CSM)

  • EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Tapes -- Inside Saddam's Palace (ABC News)

  • Iraq death squad claims being investigated (USN)

  • Al-Qaeda documents show inner struggles, strategies (USAT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Waiting and Dreading: Families in war time (NPR)


  • Secret data exposed in terrorism case (Newsday)

  • Joystick vs. Jihad (SLATE)

  • Muslim cartoon rioting affects Spanish rituals (NPR)

  • Testimony to begin in Calif. terror case (YN)

  • U.N. panel: U.S. should shut Guantanamo (MSNBC)

  • U.S. slams new Abu Ghraib leak (CNN)

WORLD VIEW


  • Iraq 'death squad caught in act' (BBC News | story)

  • Pakistan will gain from Afghan stability: Karzai (Reuters | story)

  • Opinion: Russia's eastward drift (Deutsche Welle)

  • Editorial: Fascist tactic (Arab News | story)

  • Iraq PM condemns jail abuse (Aljazeera | story)

  • Barroso on riots: Europe must fight (International Herald Tribune | story)

Edition: Tue, February 14, 2006
Printable Version

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


Our Army is extremely busy. Currently we have more than 270,000 Soldiers, Active, Guard and Reserve deployed, forward stationed overseas or securing the homeland. Soldiers from every state...Soldiers from every corner of this country... serving "We the People" ...the people of the United States... with incredible honor and distinction.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey


Secretary of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

The 2006 Army Posture Statement

The 2006 Army Posture Statement, which informs Congress on the status of the Army, was released today and is available at www4.army.mil/aps. The document helps to "tell the Army story" and conveys our compelling needs for next year's budget. The Posture Statement, designed to promote understanding and support for Army programs, provides the following:

* A two-page EXSUM that highlights key ideas that are driving our decision making

* Explanation of the four overarching interrelated strategies which comprise The Army Plan
* An Executive Summary that describes our compelling needs for the 2007 Fiscal Year
* A description of the 13 Strategic Initiatives in the basic text and 15 Supporting Initiatives in an addendum
* A summary of Army accomplishments throughout the text; and
* Details of progress made with respect to the 2005 Posture Statement

Drawing upon ideas, the views of key "consumers" on Capitol Hill, and several independent experts, the 2006 Posture Statement is also a great reference tool because it provides several new features:

* It is designed to serve as a "one - stop" shop and a portal to learn about the Army
* It has hyperlinks within the text that provide additional information in a user-friendly way. Several of these hyperlinks lead the reader to Army-supported websites for even greater levels of detail

* It lists key Army websites to enable readers to learn more about Army programs


* The printed version is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing all informational text boxes and supporting addenda . The CD-ROM also includes a survey. All material available on the CD is also available online.

* It spells out our seven Legislative Objectives - characterized as items to mitigate risk -- within the EXSUM


* It is packaged in an electronic medium to promote widespread dissemination and understanding

The main message of the 2006 Army Posture Statement is how the Army is executing four overarching, interrelated strategies to accomplish its mission. They are:

* Provide Relevant and Ready Landpower for the 21st Century Security Environment

* Train and Equip Soldiers to Serve as Warriors and Grow Adaptive Leaders

* Sustain an All-Volnteer Force Composed of Highly Competent Soldiers that are Provided an Equally High Quality of Life
* Provide Infrastructure and Support to Enable the Force to Fulfill its Strategic Roles and Missions

These strategies will be explained in subsequent Stand-To Articles.



NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • JSOC to become three-star command (AT)

  • Young warriors say video shooter games helped hone their skills (WP | EB)

  • Reconstruction a risky business in Iraq's 'Triangle of Death' (SS)

  • U.S. role in Iraq security shifting (USAT)

  • Army observing Child Passenger Safety Week (ARNEWS)

  • New Yorkers send world's largest digital Valentine to troops (ARNEWS)

OF INTEREST


  • British officials promise full investigation of Iraq abuse tape (VOA)

  • As violence continues, U.S. Cartoonists refuse to draw the line (FN)

  • Report: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Cost $363M (ABC News)

  • Arrest in Britain follows footage of alleged abuse in Iraq (NPR)

  • Editorial: 'Mr. Rumsfeld's Flawed Vision' (WP)

  • Hussein: I am on hunger strike (CNN)

  • Editorial: 'The Baghdad shuffle' (CSM)

  • Passion over Cuba, Castro endures (TS)

  • Mounting concern over Afghanistan (CSM)

WORLD VIEW


  • Guantanamo Bay inmates 'tortured' (BBC News | story)

  • European Commission president defends Danish stand (Aljazeera | story)
  • Rice warns Muslims to control violence (International Herald Tribune | story)


  • Taliban say attacks will increase, U.S. "helpless" (Reuters | story)

  • First British Marines prepare to head for Helmand, Afghanistan (Islamic Republic News Agency | story)

  • Germany slowly moves towards Army deployment at World Cup (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Basra cuts off relations with British (The Guardian | story)

  • Marines ride into province of death (The New Zealand Herald | story)

  • Moving U.S. Marines out of Okinawa (The Japan Times | story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS


  • The Blogs of War (Wired)

  • The 48th goes to war: Dispatches from Iraq (AJC)

  • The Pentagon's War on the Internet (OpEdNews)

  • Military blogs offer another media outlet for service members (The Daily News)

  • Bloggers: an army of irregulars (BBC News)

Edition: Mon, February 13, 2006
Printable Version

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


We need to grow Soldiers to be leaders. We are going to be at war a long time; we need to do this right.

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a government-sponsored savings and investment program that offers tax-deferred opportunities similar to the civilian sector's 401 (k) plan. All Soldiers have the opportunity to participate in TSP at any time.

The TSP offers L Funds or Lifecycle Funds which provide a time-targeted professionally determined investment mix among the individual TSP funds. The L Funds are ideal for Soldiers who don't have the knowledge or time to devote to managing investments among the TSP funds.

For the Soldier's that want to manage their own account, TSP offers five individual funds. The Soldier can choose one or more funds and decide what percentage to invest in each.

Important information regarding TSP accounts:

* The TSP account belongs to the Soldier. A Soldier may start, stop or change contribution amounts at anytime and change investments among the TSP funds.

* Soldiers can transfer money from other eligible employer 401(k) type plans or individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to their TSP account.

* If a Soldier is age 50 or older, he/she can make catch-up contributions.

* Soldiers may borrow from their account. The amount borrowed is repaid through payroll deduction.

* Although soldiers may not make a full withdrawal of their TSP account while still an active military member, under certain circumstances, an in-service withdrawal for financial hardship or age-based withdrawal may be available.

* Soldiers are given a choice of withdrawal options after they separate. They don't have to withdraw their money, but leave it in to compound earnings for future use in retirement years.

To open an account, go to my pay website . Once a Soldier signs into myPay, he or she can select the TSP option to start, change, or stop contributions. Soldiers may also submit Form TSP-U-1 (a copy can be downloaded from the TSP Web site at www.tsp.gov) through their finance office.

For additional information:

www.tsp.gov
my pay
The Thrift Savings Plan
http://www.defenselink.mil/militarypay/tsp/

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE


New section for Stand-To! News

A new section has been added to the News portion of Stand-To!.


This week, a section entitled "What's Being Said in Blogs" will be filled with blogs from around the country pertaining to the Army and DoD communities.

For those who are not familiar with what a Blog is, there will be an upcoming Focus of the Day dedicated to the topic.


NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Opinion: 'Is Army billing troops for their gear?' (BB)

  • Army may face officer shortage by 2007 (HST)

  • 1st ID unit to train Iraqi security forces (AT)

  • Army green (APM)

  • Springs area braces for storm of Soldiers (CSG | EB)

  • Army begins CAC logon for computers (ARNEWS)

  • Nemechek finishes ninth in Bud Shootout (ARD)

  • Guard leaders laud Army's Olympic athletes (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Iraqi troops distrust U.S. (Newsweek)

  • Can Shiite Jaafari unify the new Iraq? (CSM)

  • Intelligence downplayed in Iraq policy (NPR)

  • The Iraqi insurgency is still primarily an anti-occupation effort (SLATE)

  • Iraqis forming new government (CNN)

OF INTEREST


  • Afghanistan: Exporting tactics of terror (Newsday)

  • In Algeria, Rumsfeld welcomes counter-terrorism cooperation (VOA)
  • Commentary: 'Needed: more troops, not high-tech gadgets' (CSM)


  • Innocent, but in limbo at Guantánamo (CSM)

  • Wanted: A few good Taliban recruits (Newsweek)

  • British soldiers seen on video beating Iraqis (PI)

  • Violence surges along U.S.-Mexico Border (NPR)

  • Bone condition hampers Soldiers' recovery (USAT)

WORLD VIEW


  • Danish PM meets moderate Muslims (BBC News | story)

  • Rice: Protests could get out of control (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Defiant Saddam says forced to return to Iraqi court (Reuters | story)

  • Editorial: 'Britain's Abu Ghraib' (Arab News | story)

  • General faults U.S. on Iraqi military (International Herald Tribune | story)

  • Opinion: 'America's perennial war' (Gulf News | story)

  • Taliban ambush Afghan militia (Aljazeera | story)

Edition: Fri, February 10, 2006
Printable Version

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


The Army is not broken. I was in a broken Army before; many of us were that have been around. A broken Army is one that's got low morale, it's one where you've got (increased) discipline rates, where you've got all kinds of other problems. We know what that looks like, smells like, and this Army's not there. By contrast, this is the best Army that I've ever been associated with in my life and it's going to get much better. But we've got to go through the labor pains to get there.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Highlights from House Armed Services Committee Testimony

DoD officials told the House Armed Services Committee this week that the Army is going through a remarkable transformation and is far from a "broken" force. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the Army is becoming a more agile and deployable force capable of handling and sustaining missions around the world.

Rumsfeld said the Army has demonstrated its capability, not in training exercises, but "in the crucible of combat." Soldiers have performed superbly on a regular basis in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The secretary confronted questions about cutting the reserve components. The Army is not cutting the National Guard or the (Army) Reserve. The rumors are false.

Some key points of the testimony were:

* The "long war", -a conflict that has put our military on a path of near continuous change for the past five years. A conflict which also is having the effect of transforming the way our forces fight and defend the nation.


* The Army
* Guard equipment and readiness
* Army End Strength
* Protecting the Force
* Health Costs
* Help for wounded Soldiers
* Iraq
* Preparing for the unexpected
* Shifting our weight
* The Navy and Air Force
* Imagining the future

See all of the secretary's comments in the statement of Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, FY 2007 Posture Statement, Document

Sources: AFIS article

Department of Defense website

National Strategic Military Plan for the War on Terrorism

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • Army seeks to execute two (AT)

  • Soldiers provide relief for Iraqi flood (ARNEWS)

  • World-renowned doctor trades lab coat for uniform (ARNEWS)

  • Odds of survival improve for the U.S. Military's best friends (LAT | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • President reveals failed 2002 Al Qaeda attack (NPR)

  • U.S. faced with shrinking coalition presence in Iraq (AT)

  • Book: 'While They're at War' (NPR)

  • Ex-CIA official faults use of data on Iraq (MSNBC)

  • Million Shiites mark Ashura in Iraq in safety (YN)

  • Iraqi election results certified (MH)

OF INTEREST


  • Commentary: 'U.S. anti-war movement lacks message, muscle' (NPR)

  • A 'half full' Afghan army (ABC News)

  • Jill Carroll update (CSM)

  • Muslim leaders call for calm (FN)

  • Counterintelligence posts vacant (WT)
  • Where do Muslim protesters get their Danish Flags? (SLATE)


  • Iraq slideshow (YN)

  • Europe being drawn deeper into cartoon firestorm (VOA)

WORLD VIEW


  • OIC Calls for laws to protect sanctity of religions (Arab News | story)

  • German businesses watch Middle East unrest with concern (Deutsche Welle | story)

  • Worshippers die in Iraq mosque attack (Aljazeera | story)

  • NATO commander fears rapid-reaction force delay (Reuters | story)

  • Islam-West divide ' grows deeper' (BBC News | story)

  • Cartoon protest in brief (Gulf News | story)

Edition: Thu, February 09, 2006
Printable Version

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING


Like the QDR,the fiscal 2007 budget reflects the department's continuum of change as we defend our nation, engage in the long war against terrorist extremism, and prepare for future potential adversaries.

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Highlights

On February 08, 2006, The President submitted his budget proposal for fiscal year 2007 to Congress. Below are highlights of the Department of Defense's portion of the budget as briefed to the Pentagon press corps by Secretary Rumsfeld, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Tina Jonas, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and VADM Evan M. (Marty) Chanik of the Joint Staff.

* The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) continues the shift in emphasis by identifying strategic priorities. The QDR report accompanied the budget request sent to Congress today. This is the first time the two documents have been delivered to Congress together.

* The world has changed dramatically since the end of the last century, and the Department of Defense is changing with it.

* We are refocusing our capabilities and forces for the future - away from a Cold War construct of the past to the speed, power, precision and agility our nation needs to face challenges today and in the future.


Prevail in irregular warfare operations:

* Special Operations Forces grow by more than 14,000.


* Language and cultural awareness training is expanded.
* Army combat power increases - expand and convert 48 regular brigades to 70 fully equipped, manned and trained Modular Brigade Combat Teams.

Defend the homeland against advanced threats:

* Improves defenses against catastrophic terrorism, and expands missile defense and global communications capabilities.



Maintain America's military superiority:

* Invests in joint air support, joint air dominance and joint maritime capabilities.



Support our servicemembers and their families:

* Increases military base pay by 2.2 percent over fiscal year 2006 (since 2001, military pay has increased by 29 percent).


* Increases basic allowance for housing 5.9 percent, keeping DoD's commitment to no out-of-pocket costs for off-base housing.
* Provides funds to eliminate remaining inadequate base housing in the continental United States.

* The fiscal year 2007 budget will be aligned with QDR priorities, but the budgets in fiscal year 2008 and beyond will more fully reflect programmatic changes in the QDR.



Sources:
Department of Defense Public Affairs
Transcript of the briefing

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY


  • National Guard reduction opposed (PI)

  • U.S.: Guantanamo hunger strikers force-fed (CT)

  • No Guard cuts, secretary says (AT)

  • Rumsfeld backs wider NATO Afghan mission (WTOP)

  • SMA visits wounded Soldiers at Brooke (ARNEWS)
  • GI billed for his body armor gets refund (LAT | EB)


  • Army adopting Lean Six Sigma (ARNEWS)

  • Blog: 'Lone GunWar Reporting' (LAT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS


  • Iraqi construction funds go to security (WT)

  • Army far from a broken force, Officials tell Congress (AFIS)

  • Top U.S. commander in Iraq see troops cuts in Iraq (NPR)

  • Some senators call for higher defense budget (AT)

  • Letter: 'Pakistan and the U.S., Aligned Against Terrorism' (WP)

  • U.S. Allies pulling out as Iraqis step up (MH | EB)

  • Editorial: On balance (WT)

OF INTEREST


  • Commentary: 'Point of no return' (WT)

  • Top U.S. General in Iraq says Iraqi police forces hobbled by incompetence, corruption (ABC News)

  • E-mail, blogs, texts propel cartoon fury (MSNBC)

  • Kalashnikovs for hire in Iraq (SLATE)

  • Why the CIA is having such a hard time keeping its best? (USN)

  • Rage over cartoon goes beyond politics (Newsday)

  • Official warns Hamas-led government may face sanctions (CNN)

  • Editorial: 'Let's be honest Multiculturalism can kill a nation' (Newsday)

  • Blog: 'Embedded in Iraq With U.S. Forces ' (CSG)

WORLD VIEW


  • Clarke rejects Hamza probe (The Independent | story)

  • Leader of Hizbullah tells Bush and Rice to 'shut up' about Muslims (The Jerusalem Post | story)

  • Mohammed cartoons likely protected by German law (Deutsche Welle | story)
  • Muslim leader says Indonesia radicals get too much slack (Reuters | story)


  • Final Iraqi voting results are promised by Friday (The International Herald Tribune | story)

  • Muhammad cartoons 'global crisis' (BBC News | story)

  • Editorial: 'Return to sanity' (Arab News | story)

  • UK: Force against Iran not inevitable (Aljazeera | story)

  • Iraq counts ballots in constitutional vote (The Taipei Times | story)




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