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Army chief of staff proposes changes to balance the Army for a second decade of persistent conflict.

During the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in October in Washington, D.C., Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, who originated the imperative to balance the force, said that changes to the Army--the drawdown in Iraq and growing the force--have helped to improve the Army's balance and to increase dwell time. However, he said more work is needed in order to "prepare for the next decade of persistent conflict against a persistent enemy."

General Casey outlined three needs that the Army currently has: to train, reequip, and modernize the force. He said that the Army needs to regain its capability for full-spectrum combat, which has eroded because of a rapid deployment tempo that has left no time for full-spectrum training.

Lieutenant General Daniel P. Bolger, the Army deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and programs, said that the ability to conduct full-spectrum training depends on dwell time. As dwell time improves, more training can take place.

General Casey also cited the need to reconstitute the Army's equipment, which has suffered from combat losses and excessive wear from the constant deployments. General Casey said that this reconstitution includes not only repairing the current equipment set but also building for the future by fielding the new ground combat vehicle in 7 years.

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Title Annotation:General George W. Casey; HEADLINES
Publication:Army Sustainment
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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