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War on Terror, Transformation

Facing the Future Booklet - Click for PDF FileA recently published Defense Department booklet, "Facing the Future: Meeting the Threats and Challenges of the 21st Century," chronicles the Defense Department’s transformation since 2001.

The booklet is the story of how America went from a nation shocked by a surprise attack to one that brought justice to the perpetrators of 9-11, defeated two state sponsors of terror and liberated more than 50 million people from oppression and fear.

The publication also highlights the transformation of the American military establishment – its forces, its organization and, most importantly, its mindset and culture. It tells of the skill and determination of America’s fighting forces and how their courage and example have ignited a freedom tide that is changing the face of the Middle East.

Click for Video - Facing the FutureA series of forthcoming American Forces Press Service news articles will highlight senior defense officials views on these topics. The first in the series features Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who notes people as the key to the transformation process. A Pentagon Channel documentary titled “Facing the Future” records the Defense Department ’s journey to become lighter, leaner and more responsive to world threats.

Defense News Articles
Part 1: People Key to Transformation

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2005 – New technology is important for the Defense Department’s transformation, but the key to the process is the people, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.  Story

Part 2: Preparing the Military for Its Next Challenges

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2005 – One of the hardest parts of transforming is the lack of a clear picture of the challenges it will face, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.  Story

Part 3: Chu Outlines NSPS, Other Initiatives

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2005 – Defense Department civilians will soon be paid for productivity and servicemembers may be required to spend more time in the military before retirement.  Story

Part 4: Transformation Requires Adaptation

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2005 – Change, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker recently noted, “tends to indicate an end state,” while military transformation requires “constant adaptation.”  Story

Part 5: Transforming DoD Is 'Constant Process'

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2005 – Though he leads transformation efforts, the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command believes the word “transformation” can be a misleading term.  Story

Part 6: Transformation Reflects A Changed World

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2005 – DoD is transforming its business practices to better meet the challenges of a changed world, a senior defense official said recently.  Story

Part 7: Terror War Promotes Transformation

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2005 – Some people say you can’t transform the Defense Department and fight a war at the same time. But a defense official says there’s no better time.  Story

Part 8: Transformation Means Making New Rules

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2005 – Transformation is about identifying new areas for competition and new bases for competition, retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski said in an interview shortly before he left his position as director.  Story

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