Today’s package of stories about the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s preparations for Iraq touch on the broader subject of readiness across the Army. For the most part, the Stryker brigades at Fort Lewis and elsewhere have been protected from some of the shortcomings in equipment and troops that have made preparations difficult for other units — especially those making quick turnaround returns to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker also talked about readiness before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 15 – his prepared testimony is here. A Department of Defense inspector general’s audit, unclassified portions released in January, also shed light on how units flowing into the combat theater are equipped.
The Army refers to its whole Army Force Generation process as ARFORGEN – read an explanation here from the service’s 2007 Posture Statement.
Carl Conetta’s report, “Fighting on Borrowed Time: The Effect on US Military Readiness of America’s post-9/11 Wars” is posted on the Project for Defense Alternatives web site.