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By Lieutenant Colonel, Robert S. Ferrell, Colonel Richard Jones, Ltc Robert and S. Ferrell


The Army’s vision of the future is to be trained and ready, a strategic force, serving the nation at home and abroad, capable of decisive victory…into the 21 century. To maintain its posture as the most lethal force in the world, the Army is undergoing a major change; it is transforming. A changing world order, diminishing resources and rapid and continuous advances in technology are the driving forces behind the Army’s transformation campaign and the redesign of the force to the Force XXI concept. This concept is organized around information technology and digitization of the battlefield. Developing and training soldiers and leaders with the skill sets needed to be effective in this environment is a challenge that must be addressed in the transformation campaign. The current training programs offered by the military are not adequate to support the digitization process of Army Transformation. This study discusses the challenges we face with digitizing our Army as part of the Army Transformation campaign. It will address the materiel development, training, and leader development challenges that are surfacing as the Army integrates digital equipment into units. It will conclude that senior leaders should integrate digitization into institutional and home station training and accelerate the bureaucratic processes in the materiel development process to gain efficiencies and effectivel

Year: 2013
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