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The Readiness Core Enterprise - Improving Army Force Generation

Oct 13, 2009


The Readiness Core Enterprise - Improving Army Force Generation

What Is it?

To advance the enterprise approach, the Army is organizing four functionally oriented Core Enterprises - materiel; human capital; services and infrastructure; and readiness. U.S. Army Forces Command is collaborating with the Army's Enterprise Task Force to establish the Readiness Core Enterprise (RCE), which is responsible for efficiently managing and executing the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process. As the supported Core Enterprise, the RCE sets priorities and synchronizes other Core Enterprise outputs to accomplish the ARFORGEN outcome: to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. Army Force Generation is both the rotational model and process producing progressively ready forces for cyclical deployment.

What has the Army done?

In support of the Army's transformation imperative, the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army, signed a memorandum Jan.15, 2009 that defined the three major elements of the Army's institutional adaptation effort: 1) improving Army Force Generation; 2) adopting an enterprise approach and 3) reforming the Army's requirements and resourcing processes. As the Secretary and the Chief explained earlier this year in that memorandum, institutional adaptation is the final but essential step in our transformation from a Cold War Army to an Army that is dominant across the spectrum of conflict in the 21st century.

Why is this important to the Army?

Given the magnitude of this undertaking, every Soldier and Army civilian has a role to play in transforming the institution for an uncertain future. The Army must balance today's combatant commander requirements and the effects that persistent conflict are having on the long-term health of the all-volunteer Army with the imperative to achieve sustainable, predictable tempo and increased dwell. Congress, the Department of Defense, and the Department of the Army have provided our senior commanders a level of funding for Soldier and family readiness programs that is unprecedented in the history of our Army.

What is planned for the future?

Today the Army continues to improve ARFORGEN within the Secretary of the Army's and CSA's construct for Army transformation and institutional adaptation. Improving ARFORGEN ultimately means closing the gaps between the Generating Force and Operating Force by making routine those adapted institutional processes and procedures needed to progressively ready and cyclically deploy trained and ready forces for full spectrum operations.

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