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Army Releases New Source Document for CA Review

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

The Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff published The Army Strategy describing the strategic environment and lines of effort the Army will pursue to achieve its vision by 2028.

“The Total Army will build readiness, modernize concepts and capabilities, reform processes and strengthen our alliances and partnerships to ensure land power dominance on any battlefield, against any threat at any time,” it says.

“We will be ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any near-peer adversary in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining our ability to conduct irregular warfare indefinitely,” it adds.

As emphasized at the Symposium and in a recent Small Wars Journal article, "A New U.S. Framework for Stabilization: Opportunities for Civil Affairs," CA is an “indispensable strategic conflict management capability for U.S. interagency, Joint, and Army missions across the full range of operations.” During his luncheon comments, Civil Affairs Commandant Colonel Jay Liddick added that CA is an essential capability in each of the Army’s four strategic roles (shape, prevent, prevail in large scale combat operations, and consolidate gains).

Along with the National Security Strategy co-penned by Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Nadia Schadlow, the new National Defense Strategy, and The Army Vision, The Army Strategy is a source document for the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School’s capabilities assessment of the Civil Affairs Regiment for the Army 2028 Echelons Above Brigade in Multi-Domain Operations it is contributing to this fall.

These were also the source documents for the workshop led by Col. (Ret.) Dennis Cahill at the Ft. Bragg symposium. The workshop report should be complete in December and will appear in the 2018-19 Civil Affairs Issue Papers next spring.

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