TABLE 2-1 Expected Operational Benefits of the Army’s Future Force Concept for the Conduct of Joint Operations

From Past Capabilities

To Projected Capabilities

Stove-piped, staff-centric command-and-control.

Joint-integrated, network-centric battle command; enables decision superiority and self-synchronization.

Fight after force buildup at major air/seaports. Time-consuming force projection.

Immediate employment of forces arriving rapidly through multiple austere entry points.

Sequential, contiguous, linear operations.

Simultaneous operations, distributed throughout joint operations area, within a nonlinear framework.

Attrition-based campaign with massed formations.

Direct attack of centers of gravity with precision effects; defeat through disintegration.

Gaps in situational understanding; uncertainty; intelligence by contact and direct observation.

Global, robust, near-real-time joint intelligence; sensor networks integrated from space-to-mud; improved situational understanding.

Large logistics structure with large forward footprint.

Reduced logistics structure and small footprint through reach-back and distribution-based sustainment.

Effective combined arms operations.

Greater synergy of integrated joint operations.


SOURCE: U.S. Army (2003).

Army, 2001a, 2001b). The characteristics of the Army’s Future Force concepts are summarized in Figure 2-1.


Commanders and staffs will team collaboratively (and virtually) with other elements through the Global Battle Command Network. The development of accurate situational awareness and of a complete understanding of the operational situation and mission begins well before departure from the home station. Awareness and understanding continue to develop while en route to and throughout operations, with updates and adaptations as the situation evolves.


The unit of action will be capable of quickly and rapidly concentrating combat power and conducting distributed and continuous combined arms and

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