Army Force Management

Army Force Development

General Odierno illustrated the concept and process of “determine organizational authorizations” in his 2012 AUSA Winter Symposium.   He discussed the way ahead of the future Army using The Army Plan (TAP) and referred to the Total Army Analysis (TAA) process to reach this goal.
General Odierno used elements of TAP to address the guidance and direction mentioned in his symposium.   He addressed the force reduction by FY17, the rebalance of active and reserve components and the realignment and closures of facilities.   TAP provides guidance on strategy, resource priorities and force structure and is the principal guidance provide by the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army.   Furthermore, he spoke about the analysis to determine the size of Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to be reduced from current strength, which will change the directed force of the QDR.   General Odierno explained the process to determine the “proper mix of organizations required and resourced that comprise a balanced and affordable force….”.   Examples are the addition of third maneuver Battalion and more engineers to the BCT to increase their capabilities.   This is applicable to the capability demand analysis, Phase I of the TAA process, which is part of the “determine organizational authorizations” phase.  
In conclusion, General Odierno on his symposium explained the redesign and restructure of the future force to meet the National Security Strategy in the near future. General Odierno used elements of the TAP and TAA process, which are part of determine organizational authorizations phase to explained the concept and process of the force changes for the Army of 2020.