The United States Army faces serious challenges. Soldiers are still on the ground in Afghanistan, are back in Iraq, and are in high demand in Europe. But can today’s Army meet these demands? The Army faces serious readiness challenges, with only one third of Army brigades ready for combat and a rising aviation mishap rate. Not only is the Army facing readiness challenges, it is also rapidly shrinking. At the end of the Cold War, the Army had 770,000 active duty soldiers which shrunk to 481,000 by September of 2001. The Army was too small to handle the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so it added 90,000 soldiers. Due to budget cuts the Army is now in the process of shrinking again. Just recently, the Army became smaller than it was on 9/11 – with another 30,000 soldiers to cut over the next few years – all while threats continue to grow. How can a smaller, less ready Army be prepared to defend the vital interests of the United States?
Join us as General Daniel B. Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, gives remarks followed by a discussion with Dr. James Jay Carafano regarding the increasing demands on the Army as troop levels are cut to historically low levels.
General Allyn has served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army since August of 2014. Prior to becoming Vice Chief, General Allyn commanded at the platoon through division level and numerous operational deployments around the world, including two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
More About the Speakers
General Daniel B. Allyn
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow