During the Recruiting 2020 Forum at RAND Corporation in September, defense and Army officials, researchers, and human resources professionals discussed the challenges and solutions facing Army recruiting in the future.
Both the Army and America's adversaries enhance their prowess on the battlefield with technological innovation. But to be successful against an array of unknown enemies, the Army must focus not just on innovation, but on the speed.
In order to gain a true understanding of the Network Integration Exercise, senior Army leadership, government officials and thought leaders received a firsthand look into the evolution and current stance of the operational network.
The Army profession demands that Soldiers adhere to the Army ethic at all times, trust is the foundation of the ethic, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, during a recent panel at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting.
The Army's top cyberspace experts said increasing digital capabilities of the force include 11 cyber protection brigades in the National Guard, and 400 more cyber Soldiers in the Army Reserve.
The Army needs to make serious institutional changes in order to retain and develop the best Soldiers. "We have a system in place that is archaic, that now works against us rather than helping us," said Undersecretary of the Army Brad Carson.
TRADOC began the Force 2025 and Beyond initiative in 2013 to investigate overmatch issues that could threaten the future force. As ideas grew and evolved over time, the Army increased emphasis on this effort.
One effort to deal with the shortage will be expanded efforts to recruit minority officers in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix, said Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, who leads Army Cadet Command.
As U.S. forces deploy to West Africa to help counter the Ebola outbreak, the Army is surging tactical communications technologies to help connect Soldiers, aid workers and other mission partners across vast and undeveloped terrain.