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New Office to Look at Strategic Landpower Use

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 – A new office in the Pentagon will look at ways to use landpower more effectively, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray T. Odierno said here today.

The Office of Strategic Landpower will take the lessons learned over the past decade and look to the future, Odierno told the Defense Writers Group today. The Army, the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command are participating in the office. The Air Force will also have representatives.

The new office is looking at the human domain and the human dimension of conflict, Odierno said. One part of the office will be in the Pentagon, and another section will be located at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.

“No matter what you do, warfare hasn’t really changed,” the general said. “We have conflict because people want to dominate resources, populations and environs.”

Odierno sees the Army and Marine Corps capabilities as complementary. Both services have expeditionary capabilities and depending on where trouble occurs, that will dictate which force is used.

“Let’s continue to understand history,” the general said. “Everybody tells me the world has changed, and I am trying to figure out what has changed so dramatically in the last year or two.

“What’s changed to me is that it is more uncertain and more unstable,” he continued. “Every day there is growing uncertainty and we have to have the capability of a joint force that is balanced and allows us to respond across a wide variety or scenarios and environs.”

The military owes the commander-in-chief many options in the event of a crisis, said Odierno, noting that the new office will look to adjust doctrine, set organizations, and how the military approaches certain mission sets.

“We are trying to take the lessons we have learned over the past 10 or 12 years and project that into the more complex environment for the future,” he said.

“My belief … is that we cannot be revolutionary because of the uncertainty we have in the world today,” he said. “We have to be evolutionary, and I see us evolving over the next decade.”

A lesson-learned in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is that the relationship between conventional and special operations is very important, the general said.

“We have to continue to project that to the future,” he said, “and that will help us understand the human domain/human dimension.”


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