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Operating Concept

The environment the Army will operate in is unknown. The enemy is unknown, the location is unknown, and the coalitions involved are unknown. The problem we are focusing on is how to “Win in a Complex World.”


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“Win” occurs at the strategic level and involves more than just firepower. It involves the application of all elements of National Power. Complex is defined as an environment that is not only unknown, but unknowable and constantly changing. The Army cannot predict who it will fight, where it will fight, and with what coalition it will fight. To win in a complex world, Army forces must provide the Joint Force with multiple options, integrate the efforts of multiple partners, operate across multiple domains, and present our enemies and adversaries with multiple dilemmas.

Victory Starts Here!
Victory for America's Army begins with TRADOC

TRADOC DESIGNS the future Army through developing cutting-edge concepts and innovative capabilities.

TRADOC BUILDS the Army by finding the one percent who are willing to serve and using its talented drill sergeants, instructors and world-class facilities to turn them into the Trusted Professionals.

TRADOC DEVELOPS adaptive and resilient leaders through rigorous professional military education and by infusing the Army’s doctrine and values into every Soldier.

TRADOC Designs the
Future Army

Army Capabilities Integration Center

TRADOC's mission is to ensure that future Army forces are prepared to win in a complex world. The Army Capabilities Integration Center, a three-star center located at Fort Eustis, Virginia, designs the future force through world-class research and expert analysis.

ARCIC is responsible for developing concepts and capabilities, evaluating proposed modernization solutions, and integrating these capabilities across doctrine and materiel development, organizational design, training, leader development and education, personnel management, and facility domains.

TRADOC's goal is to modernize the force through the identification of capabilities that the Army must possess to accomplish missions in support of national policy goals and objectives.

TRADOC Builds the Army

Recruiting Command Center for Initial Military Training Cadet Command

Through U.S. Army Recruiting Command, U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training and U.S. Army Cadet Command, TRADOC serves as the foundation for the “Start Strong” phase of every Soldier’s career.

TRADOC transforms civilians into Soldiers and provides them the pathway into the profession of Soldiers, past and present. For over 40 years, TRADOC has provided millions of Soldiers not only with the skills to become professionals in their field, but also the expertise and experience to successfully transition out of the Army upon completion of service.

TRADOC builds Soldiers physically, morally and academically to be qualified for life, not just the Army. Whether Soldiers choose to serve for a few years or a few decades; TRADOC will ensure they have the tools, training and credentials to succeed. Starting Strong is critical to the individual success of Soldiers and fundamental to the Army’s role in defending the nation.

TRADOC Develops the Army

Combined Arms Center

Led by the Combined Arms Center, a three-star command located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, TRADOC manages the Army schools and centers that develop innovative and agile leaders and Trusted Professionals ready to lead formations and defeat the nation’s enemies.

TRADOC also develops and maintains the Army’s doctrine - the body of thought on how Army forces operate as an integral part of a joint force.

Developing leaders is the foundation for success for the Army’s future. TRADOC’s goal is to create an institutional learning environment that is challenging, dynamic, free flowing and exciting.

Such an environment is necessary to produce leaders of character who are capable of solving problems in a complex strategic environment, and who trust the Army institution to reward their innovation and unleash their creativity. These same leaders must be global in their thought, historical in their perspective and able to expertly operate in a complex Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment.

TRADOC innovates the Army

TRADOC has adaptive organizations that can rapidly solve problems and provide solutions.


The Rapid Equipping Force harnesses current and emerging technologies to provide immediate material solutions to the urgent challenges faced by deployed Army forces.


The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a unit of highly trained warriors who provide rapid training and nonmaterial solutions and strategies to negate enemy strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.


The Center for Army Lessons Learned continuously collects, analyzes, and disseminates lessons and best practices to improve readiness and drive innovation through the sharing of knowledge.

TRADOC’s eight Centers of Excellence are based on the Army’s war-fighting functions.

AVCoE Cyber Fires
Aviation Center Cyber Center Fires Center
Intelligence Center Maneuver Center Maneuver Support Center
Mission Command Sustainment Center
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