December 21, 2004 | WebMemo on National Security and Defense
The Army is in an extraordinary period of transformation. At a recent public lecture at The Heritage Foundation, Army Chief of Staff General Peter J. Schoomaker outlined how the Army is addressing the strategic challenges of transformation. Achieving the initiatives outlined by the General will require continued support from Congress, including adequate defense budgets in the years ahead and timely supplemental funding for ongoing operations in the war on terrorism.
During his remarks General Schoomaker stressed several major challenges:
Our research at The Heritage Foundation supports many of these points. See, for example, Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 1762, " Large Increases in Manpower Not Needed at This Time," by Jack Spencer and Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 1729, "The Army Goes Rolling Along: New Service Transformation Agenda Suggests Promise and Problems," by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. )
Realizing the Army's future vision will require sustained support from Congress in the years ahead. Supplemental funding for ongoing operations must be adequate and timely. Annual appropriations must be sufficient to sustain and recapitalize the force and support Army transformation initiatives.
Jack Spencer is Senior Policy Analyst for Defense and National Security in the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Kathy Gudgel, Research Assistant in Defense and National Security, contributed to this paper. This paper is based on a presentation given at The Future of the Army: A View from the Top, a public event held at The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, December 7, 2004.