Readiness 1NC Shell (1/2)
Change in the military causes problem with readiness in the status quo
, Lieutenant Colonel. “Reset: reduce risk, improve readiness.” March
The U.S. is
involved in a war lasting more than eight years. The Army is
engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan and
is also deployed to approximately 80 countries.
Simultaneously, it is defending the homeland and is ready to
support domestic crises. As outlined in Field Manual 3-0 Operations, persistent conflict and instability are the
projected future; a future affected by trends, such as globalization, population growth, urbanization, demand for
scarce resources, climate change, weapons of mass destruction, proliferation and failed states. In this
play an indispensable role, executing national security strategy.
Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff have assessed the Army as "out of balance
The effects of
combined with insufficient recovery
time for personnel, families and equipment
resulted in readiness consumption at an unsustainable rate
To restore balance
given the Army four imperatives
sustain, prepare, reset and transform.
Army Force Generation. The Army
purged the old system of tiered readiness and implemented the Army Force Generation model, known as
ARFORGEN, to achieve its four imperatives. Simply, ARFORGEN is the development of increased unit
readiness. Resources are allocated by deployment sequence; ensuring units are mission capable by deployment
dates. Operational requirements drive ARFORGEN and include prioritization of resourcing, manning, equipping,
sustaining and sourcing. (See the 2007 U.S. Army Posture Statement, Addendum H: Army Force Generation.
Another informative article is "Reset after Multiple in-lieu-of-Missions" by LTC Geoffrey P. Buhlig in the July-
September 2008 edition of Fires.) The ARFORGEN model consists of three phases--reset, train/ready and
Of the three phases, reset contains an inordinate level of organizational risk as new unit
leadership faces a multitude of challenges
, such as high personnel turnover, "at risk" Soldiers, family
reintegration and absent unit organizational systems.
According to GEN George W. Casey, "The intent of reset is
to recover personnel and equipment to a state of readiness at the end of six months so the unit can train up for the
next mission." With the current strategic environment and a future of projected conflict, it is more important than