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Release No: 323-97
June 20, 1997


The Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), under the leadership of Chairman Terrence M. O'Connell, will conduct the third and final phase of a series of symposia entitled "Total Force 2010," June 24-27, 1997, at the National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

Special guests and speakers include Sen. Charles S. Robb, (D-VA), U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer, (R-IN), Congressman Paul McHale, (D-PA), as well as Maj. Gen. Yoram Yair of the Israeli Defense Force, Brig. Gen. Ken Quinn of the Canadian Army, and Dr. James Blaker, Senior Analyst, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This phase will finalize recommendations on the programmatic and systematic changes necessary for the Guard and Reserve to be fully optimized. With an emphasis on "Alternative Force Structures," the symposium will endeavor to identify the best means to fully integrate the contributions of the Guard and Reserve.

In its congressionally mandated role as an independent advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Guard and Reserve issues, the RFPB has maintained a strong interest in the portrayal of the Reserve components throughout the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and the follow-on National Defense Panel. Monitoring the QDR assessment process used by the military services, the Board found that each had considered their Guard and Reserve assets from differing perspectives. These perspectives appeared to be a function of the degree to which the Service had integrated their Guard and Reserve into their day-to-day operation. It is the opinion of the Board, that, with a consistent defense-wide approach to Total Force integration, even more support could be expected from our citizen-military. It was with this thesis that the RFPB embarked on a series of symposia which sought to consider the many aspects and implications of full integration of Guard and Reserve forces into their respective active military service, and to identify means of further increasing the utility of the Reserve components as part of the Total Force.

The "Total Force 2010" series was designed in three parts. "Total Force 2010 - Phase I," jointly sponsored by the RFPB, the Organization of the Joint Chiefs, the National Defense University, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, was conducted at the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC, December 9-11, 1996. Phase I was designed to identify Active and Reserve integration issues of importance to the Guard and Reserve. These would be explored in subsequent gatherings. The Board formed the nucleus of the symposium but was ably augmented by many civilian, Active, Guard and Reserve leaders, experts from academia, industry, Federal Departments of Defense and Transportation, and State and local governments.

The second of three symposiums, hosted by the same sponsors, entitled "Total Force 2010 - Phase II" was held at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass., March 2-5, 1997. Phase II illuminated the extent to which the role of the Reserve components had evolved in the years since Operation Desert Shield/Storm. As the active forces continued their personnel reductions, the Guard and Reserve dramatically increased their peacetime participation. Structured and managed as an expansion force to be called upon when America's vital interests were in peril, today you find the Guard and Reserve augmenting their parent Services in a broad range of peacetime operational missions. Unfortunately, the Reserve components remain encumbered by statutes and policies which were designed to implement a National Security Strategy of 50 years ago.

The mission of the RFPB is to be the independent policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Reserve component. This includes providing timely, relevant, and credible advice and reporting to ensure that Department of Defense decisions affecting the Reserve components enhance the capability of the Total Force to meet national security requirements. Upon completion of the final symposium, members of the RFPB plan on ensuring that the decision-makers are aware of the role, vision, and utilization of the Guard and Reserve through the year 2010. "Joint Vision 2010" provided us a glimpse of future battlefields; "Total Force 2010" seeks to describe the Total Force integration needed to win on these battlefields.

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