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Aug 19

Army Force Structure: Issues and Considerations

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Strain on America's armed forces has resulted in temporary force increases of approximately 33,000 uniformed personnel. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that the problem behind these discouraging facts is not the size of the force, but rather how the force is managed and the mix of capabilities at the United States' disposal. This analysis provides a more complex solution, suggesting that simply providing additional forces will not fix the problem. Instead, we must reevaluate how the Army should be composed in the future to maximize its efficiency and effectiveness. Critical to solving these problems will be to consider how the Pentagon and Army both believe that they can increase capabilities with current manpower levels through force structure changes as well as to understand the consequential time and cost variables associated with the different manpower levels.

Please join us at The Heritage Foundation for a discussion by a distinguished panel that will explore the future possibilities for an efficient, effective United States Army.

More About the Speakers

Edward F. Bruner
Specialist in National Defense,
Congressional Research Service

Brigadier General David A. Fastabend
Director, Concepts, Development, and Experimentation, Futures Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Lieutenant General Theodore Stroup, Jr.
Vice President, Education: Association of the United States Army