Army Unveils Active Component Brigade Combat Team Stationing 27 Jul 2005 -- The Department of the Army announced today the locations for the active component modular brigade combat teams. The modular design and their stationing are both critical to ensure the Army is properly postured to maintain the high degree of readiness needed to meet its strategic commitments, including ongoing operations globally in the war on terror.
Army Announces Repositioning PlansAFPS 27 Jul 2005 -- The Army announced its plans today for repositioning its forces to accommodate a new modular structure, which includes transferring more than 50,000 soldiers to the United States by the decade's end.
Brigade Combat Team under construction at Fort Knox (Army News Service, Jan. 5, 2000) One of the unique features of the Brigade Combat Team is a Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, or RSTA Squadron. RSTA squadron, unlike previous scout squadrons, will feature higher level manning in the scout platoons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and counterintelligence soldiers in each scout section.
Army testing lightweight combat vehicles at Knox (Army News Service, Jan. 3, 2000) - State-of-the-art medium-armored vehicles from six foreign countries and the United States are being tested this month at Fort Knox. The new vehicles may outfit two initial Brigade Combat Teams being stood up at Fort Lewis.
Army looks to transform itself for new era Stephen Green Copley News Service December 16, 1999 -- "It's clearly the case that a country with an Air Force that can win a war in a few weeks may not need an army that takes months to deploy," said John Pike, a military expert with the Federation of American Scientists.
Status of Brigade Combat Team Development at Fort Lewis and the Planned Performance Demonstration at Fort Knox Transcript of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Press Briefing 16 December 1999 -- We don't want to talk about forces in terms of heavy, medium and light. So I won't talk about this new force as a medium brigade. I'll talk about it in the latest name for it, which is the Brigade Combat Team, BCT. First two of those that will stand up, we're calling the initial BCTs out at Fort Lewis. And they will be followed by a number of interim brigades.
Army battles irrelevancy BY DANIEL VERTON Federal Computer Week NOVEMBER 15, 1999 -- John Pike, a defense analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, said that the Army's new vision is a battle to become relevant. "A country that has an air force that can deploy in days and win a war in weeks may not have too much need for an army that needs months to deploy."
Fort Lewis readies for initial brigade testing FORT LEWIS, Wash. (Army News Service, Nov. 22, 1999) 46 Land Assault Vehicle-III's will soon be arriving on post as part of the Army's new "Initial Brigade." However, The LAV-III's, which will be on loan from Canada, are not necessarily the equipment that will be seen in motor pools across the brigade in the future
Army to develop future force now, says Shinseki (Army News Service, Oct. 13, 1999) Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki said the Army will develop two technology-enhanced, fast-deployable and lethal brigades at Fort Lewis, Wash., this year, using knowledge gained by Force XXI experiments and off-the-shelf technology available from the private sector. He said the Army will develop the capability to put brigade combat teams anywhere in the world within 96 hours after liftoff, a division on the ground in 120 hours, and five divisions within 30 days. Additionally, heavy tracked vehicles like armored personnel carriers and tanks could be phased out by lighter, faster, more fuel-efficient wheeled vehicles during the next century, said Shinseki.
Caldera says change is in the Army's future (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 1999) In response to the view that the Army's heavy divisions are too slow Caldera said, "The new timetables of this new world dictate that to be the relevant force of choice for the nation for emergency response, for deterrence by putting soldiers on the ground or for warfighting, we have to get there faster."
Army Announces Vision for the Future October 12, 1999 # 99-095 -- In order to become more deployable and maintain lethality the Army will field a prototype brigade-size force. The intent is to establish brigades in the next few months that will use off-the-shelf systems.
Press Conference Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera and Chief of Staff of the Army General Eric K. Shinseki October 12, 1999 -- I think you will find that many of the descriptors that went along with strike force is inherent in what we're addressing here. We know that we can move heavy brigades, and we've done it, to areas in which we have an interest in putting heavy brigades on the ground, and 96 hours. But that takes a significant amount of pre-deployment planning and rehearsal. What we are after here is the capability to put that combat-capable brigade anywhere in the world in 96 hours. And that is a stretch from our current capabilities. If technology provides the answers then what we have traditionally described as light and heavy will begin to merge. The entire transformation will go towards capabilities that give those divisional formations lethality that the heavy forces have and the agility of the light forces.
Army Announces Strike Force Plans
Release # 99- 16 February 17, 1999 -- Strike Force, with about 5,000 soldiers, will have the ability to deploy, almost immediately, a lethal modular force, tailored to operational requirements. The first Strike Force will be created within the year at Fort Polk, La. It is expected to be operational by 2003