TRADOC Pam 525-3-1iii
From the Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
The Army is the Nation’s principal military force organized, trained, and equipped for promptand sustained operations on land. As one of the critical elements in our national defensestrategy, the Army must continually adapt to changing conditions and evolving threats to oursecurity. An essential part of that adaptation is the development of new ideas to address futurechallenges.TRADOC Pam 525-3-1,
The Army Operating Concept
, describes how future Army forcesconduct operations as part of the joint force to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in awide range of contingencies in the future operational environment. It describes the employmentof Army forces in the 2016-2028 timeframe with emphasis on the operational and tactical levelsof war. In addition to describing broadly how Army headquarters organize and direct theemployment of their forces, the concept describes the major categories of Army operations andidentifies the capabilities required of Army forces to guide and prioritize future forcedevelopment. The ideas discussed in this document will guide revisions in Army doctrine,organizations, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities. These ideaswill also enhance the integration of Army forces with a wide array of domestic and internationalpartners.The challenges of future armed conflict make it imperative for the Army to produce leadersand forces that exhibit a high degree of operational adaptability. Achieving the necessary levelof operational adaptability requires the Army to build upon a foundation of two broadresponsibilities within the framework of full-spectrum operations:1) Army forces conduct combined arms maneuver to gain physical, temporal, andpsychological advantages over enemy organizations. Applying an expanded understanding of combined arms, Army forces integrate the combat power resident in the Army’s six warfightingfunctions with a wide array of related civil and military capabilities to defeat enemies and seize,retain, and exploit the initiative.2) Army forces conduct wide area security to consolidate gains, stabilize environments, andensure freedom of movement and action. Wide area security operations protect forces,populations, infrastructures, and activities, predominantly in protracted counterinsurgency, relief,and reconstruction efforts, and sustained engagement focused on the development of partnercapabilities.Army forces capable of combined arms maneuver and wide area security operations are anessential component of the joint force’s ability to achieve or facilitate the achievement of strategic and policy goals.