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When economic times are good and
military funding is adequate, sometimes
complacency sets in, he said. "When
you take a look at the times we've had
to deploy folks [to overseas contingency
operations], the American people have
made sure we had sufficient resources.
To have those sufficient resources, some-
times you aren't as efficient or mindful of
how to save resources. But when you start
coming down a little bit ... you have to
think through your problem sets ... start
taking a look at the overall process. You'll
see there are plenty of opportunities" to
A TRACK RECORD OF AGILITY
Grisoli said the Army has adapted
quickly to the many circumstances and
events arising from more than 10 years of
overseas contingency operations.
"We know how to identify a problem,
solve the problem, and implement the
solution set, and we've done that well
over time. We've gone from division-cen-
tric to brigade-centric, we've redone how
we do force generation, we've gone from
tiered to cyclic, we've taken a look at the
way we have asymmetrical warfare, bio-
metrics, task force, route clearance. All
the different threats that popped up, we
were able to adapt and change."
Now, Grisoli said, "The leaders in Wash-
ington have some tough choices to make.
They're going to decide how many bat-
talions you have in a brigade, how many
brigades you're going to have. But our
job is to adapt to the environment that
we're in and to make sure the units we are
leading are ready. ... So, you say, are we
adaptive? I would say yes."
This adaptability applies at home as
well as at war. Responding to a ques-
tion from the audience about how
overseas contingency operations affect
the Global Combat Support System --
Army (G-Army), Grisoli said, "The key
on G-Army is that it will continue to
give us the asset visibility and to bring
together lots of our business systems in
a logistics domain for general funds. At
headquarters we have taken time to look
at all of our domains ---human, sustain-
ment, logistics, acquisition, you name it.
"This particular application, enterprise
resource planning, is a way to get our
arms around our general fund that we
utilize and the way we move equipment.
That is going to be extremely important.
We need to be able to be audited by FY14
and [have] a clean audit by FY17 for
DoD. We've never done that before. It's
going to be extremely challenging."
AS A TEAM SPORT
Another question to Grisoli concerned
the need for professionalism.
"Obviously, we in the Army have had
some challenges in the acquisition field,"
he responded, adding: "We are develop-
ing a professional acquisition corps above
and beyond what we've had before, to go
to the next level. Some of the questions I
ask our new flag officers are, 'So, when
you ask for a ser vice, whether overseas
or when you're in a garrison, how often
do you follow up on that contract? How
often do you call in the contracting offi-
cer and ask, 'What is your output? What
are you getting for the dollar?' Most of
the time, I don't get a lot of feedback, and
the reason is, they aren't as linked as they
"We can be better. We need to make sure
that if we let a contract out, the user is
part of the team. We do a disser vice to
the acquisition community if we don't
work as a team, because you kind of leave
them exposed. They are trying to figure
out the answer. They are professionals.
They know their lane. They need some-
body who wrote the scope of work to
come in and talk about what they want."
THE OUTLOOK FOR 2020
Grisoli affirmed that "the environment
is challenging. There is a lot of uncer-
tainty. We know one thing---the physical
constraints will stay. We also know our
leadership is committed to readiness, and
readiness at best value is something we all
need to strive for.
"We have the greatest Army in the world,
and we will have the greatest Army no
matter the size, as long as we retain the
great minds in here, the minds that led
the last 10 years and kept us at a certain
level, and fielded the right equipment
and enabled us to succeed."
As a new generation of leaders rises
through the ranks, "you're starting to
look at what [requirements] we will need
for Army 2020," Grisoli said. "And as
GEN Sullivan [retired GEN Gordon
R. Sullivan, AUSA President] says, 'Is it
postwar or prewar?' We have to have a
mindset of prewar. We're coming back,
but we are resetting for that requirement."
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ROBERT E. COULTAS is the Army
AL&T Magazine Departments Editor
and an Access AL&T News Service Edi-
tor. He is a retired Army broadcaster with
more than 40 years of combined experience
in public affairs, journalism, broadcasting,
and advertising. Coultas has won numerous
Army Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards
and is a DoD Thomas Jefferson Award
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