The Army WARTRACE Program aligns Army units under wartime gaining commands and provides units with detailed information concerning their wartime mission. The program organizes and integrates Active and Reserve Component units to meet America's Army wartime requirements. The ultimate purpose of the Army WARTRACE Program is to form the basis for unit commanders to enter into cohesive planning associations (PLASSNs) and to provide training opportunities with their designated wartime chains of command.
In-theater organizational relationships for deploying units are contained in the Army WARTRACE program. The Army WARTRACE Program, outlines in AR 11-30, aligns Army units under wartime gaining commands and provides units with detailed information concerning their wartime mission.
The objectives of the WARTRACE Program are to improve wartime planning, mission capability, mobilization, and deployability throughout America's Army. WARTRACE improves the readiness of America's Army to meet wartime requirements and the needs of the CONUS training and sustaining base. The ultimate purpose of the Army WARTRACE Program is to form the basis for unit commanders to enter into cohesive planning associations (PLASSNs) and to provide training opportunities with their designated wartime chains of command.
WARTRACE is the deliberate alignment of Army forces (AA & RC) for wartime planning to achieve national strategic goals. WARTRACE is the framework that align units for Major & Lesser Regional Contingencies; CONUS Sustaining Base; Contingency Force and Theater Defense Forces. WARTRACE accurately portrays alignment of units based on validated fighting CINC OPLAN requirements and MACOM CONUS Base requirements. Unit alignments are based on HQDA guidance, CINC stated requirements and priorities for resourcing as listed on approved OPLAN TPFDD. WARTRACE alignments support the deliberate planning process and execution of approved OPLANs. During contingency operations, the CINC's operational requirements will determine the forces allocated for a specific operation.
FORSCOM publishes WARTRACE program guidance and provides WARTRACE alignment data on a World Wide Military Command and Control System (WWMCCS) computer file. WARTRACE alignments are maintained by FORSCOM as specified by HQDA to support major OPLANS and CONPLANS requiring TPFDDS as specified by JSCP, the CONUS training and sustaining base, in accordance with appropriate CINC or MACOM task organized requirements, and the CG, USASOC alignments for ARSOF.
The goal of the WARTRACE Program is to align every TDA/ MTOE unit with an AA unit that has a wartime mission. WARTRACE organizational alignments are the vehicles through which commanders may enter into cohesive planning with their designated wartime chain of command. (1) WARTRACE planning associations cross existing peacetime command lines. These associations will not circumvent or violate existing command channels on matters of policy, command and control, training management, planning, or funding. For unit associations to function effectively, extensive coordination is required between aligned units within a gaining command. Normally, such coordination will follow established peacetime command channels; however, when appropriate, informal coordination may follow the WARTRACE association channel. Command and control headquarters in the peacetime chain of command will be informed of WARTRACE planning activity by the WARTRACE headquarters initiating that activity. Stabilized WARTRACE alignments enable all units, especially RC, to effectively prepare for their wartime mission. Proposed changes in WARTRACE alignments must meet the wartime priorities established by the supported CINC or gaining MACOM.
WARTRACE alignments are reviewed for change when corresponding OPLANS and CONPLANS requiring TPFDDS are revised or as required. Implementation of changes to WARTRACE alignments for RC units will be limited to twice a year unless otherwise directed.
WARTRACE replaced the CAPSTONE Program in 1994 . WARTRACE (Wartime) planning alignments and missions provide a rational basis on which to establish METL, develop effective unit training programs, and for participating in various collective training activities such as overseas deployment training and training exercises.
The WARTRACE Program dates back to 1973 when the Affiliation Program was approved. The intent of Affiliation was to improve the training and readiness of RC combat battalions and brigades by associating them with AA units. Under this program, AA divisions formed training relationships with ARNG and USAR units and worked with these units during both AT and IDT. In 1976, combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) units were added to the program. In 1978, two ARNG divisions were linked with two AA divisions under the Division Partnership Program to increase the readiness of ARNG divisions.
The success of the Affiliation Program led to an expansion of the program's goal in 1979. The goal was to integrate RC units into war plans. The Affiliation Program, other readiness programs, RC force modernization programs, and wartime requirements were all rolled into the CAPSTONE Program. The program's original objectives were to clearly defined the role of every unit in the Army (AA and RC) for either USAREUR wartime or CONUS sustaining base requirements. It established both planning and training associations between RC units and the wartime AA headquarters. It also established a Total Army program for force planning, POMCUS, modernization, training, and readiness, and established a basis from which to plan mobilization and deployment of RC units in wartime.
The Army CAPSTONE Program was established by the Chief of Staff of the Army on 6 December 1979. FORSCOM was desig-nated as the coordinating authority for CAPSTONE and published initial CAPSTONE alignments in August 1980. In 1983, the program was expanded to encompass three war-time scenarios - Europe, Pacific, and Southwest Asia. A fourth set of alignments for CONUS sustaining and training base and the Theater Defense Brigades was also developed.
The Army CAPSTONE Program organizes and integrates active and reserve units to meet Total Army wartime requirements. CAPSTONE alignments are a direct result of the deliberate planning process and support the execution of the approved OPLANs. CAPSTONE aligns units based on HQDA guidance and combatant commander stated requirements and priorities for resourcing as listed on the approved OPLAN TPFDD. The CONUS sustaining base units are those units identified as necessary to run the CONUS sustaining base and support the mobilization concept. During contingency operations, the combatant commander's operational requirements will determine the forces allocated for a specific operation.
Roundout is a program where a unit from one Army component is organizationally aligned to a unit from another Army component to complete the organic structure of that parent unit. A roundout unit brings un-derstructured units in another component to a designated MTOE organizational structure. Roundout units are assigned a priority for allocation resources through the DAMPL. DAMPL priority is consistent with the unit's strategic force package as published in The Army Plan (TAP).
Roundout units are organized and equipped the same the parent unit. According to the supported CINC priorities, CONUS units programmed as roundouts for CONUS-based parent units will deploy with the parent unit or as soon as possible. CONUS units programmed roundouts for OCONUS-based parent units will deploy according to supported CINC priorities. RC units designated as roundout to CONUS AC units will receive Directed Training Association (DTA) sponsorship from the parent AC unit. FORSCOM prescribes DTA sponsorship for RC units roundout to another RC unit or roundout to an OCONUS AC parent unit.
Roundup is a program wherein an RC unit is orga-nizationally aligned to a fully structured AC unit to provide the parent unit robustness and increased employment flexibility. Roundup units are assigned a priority for allocation resources through the DAMPL. DAMPL priority will be consistent with the unit's strategic force pack-age as published in the TAP. Roundup units receive DTA sponsorship from the parent AC unit.
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