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The Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy

May 10, 2011

By Col. Debra Sinnott for STAND-TO!

The Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy

What is it?

The Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy establishes the foundation for our operational concepts and strategies required for us to remain an enduring operational force. Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, the Army Reserve served as the Army's strategic force used primarily in the event of large-scale conventional war. Since Army operations began in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army Reserve has repeatedly mobilized key capabilities as an operational force in support of Army missions. As conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan resolve, the Army Reserve must focus on retaining its operational experience and culture gained over the past decade of conflict. The Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy is the primary document for focusing this effort.

What has the Army Reserve done?

The Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy expresses the chief of the Army Reserve's future vision for an enduring operational force. It is synchronized with the Army Campaign Plan strategy, Army transformation efforts, analysis of reserve-component employment, and numerous studies associated with war demand as the primary developmental inputs. The Vision and Strategy provides guidance for a continued Army Reserve operational force and outlines methods for future employment.

What does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

Resourced and accessible, the enduring operational Army Reserve will serve as America's premier reservoir of shared military-civilian skills and capabilities in support and defense of the nation. We will be transformed into an enduring operational force as the expeditionary enablers of the Army, capitalizing on the most experienced, ready Army Reserve in history.

Why is this important to the Army?

As we move into the next decade and continue to adapt our capabilities, it is essential we proceed with rigorous analysis, transparency, and collaboration to further define our contribution to the future total force. Without question, the Army Reserve will continue to provide a portion of the essential strategic and operational depth to the Total Army through key enablers and technical skills at best value.

The Army Reserve Vision and Strategy provides the source strategic document from which all other Army Reserve strategic documents can maintain a theme and message consistent with the chief of Army Reserve's vision for the future Army Reserve.

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