U.s. Joint Forces And The Strategic Direction

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The United States will only be able to rebalance the Joint Force in 2025 if adequate resources are available. Even with adequate funding, combatant commanders will experience considerable challenges operating in the global security environment. The current strategic direction has prompted a shift of military resources to the Asia-Pacific. This trend will continue. Additionally, globalization, cyber-attacks and advances in technology will further challenge the Joint Forces in the next ten years . The U.S. Joint Forces must identify and develop critical technology now in order to overcome future challenges risk in 2025. Diminishing resources and lack of predictability within the military budget process will introduce significant strategic, military and political risk . While no major organizational changes or force reductions are recommended for the Joint Force, finding the right balance between Active duty and Reserve end strength and missions will be necessary . Each of the Services will need to continue to man, equip and train forces to effectively integrate operations across the Joint Force. Anticipating, developing and fielding capabilities will be key for the Joint Forces to shape or respond to the challenges associated with the global security environment in 2025. Military advantages within the U.S. and allies will continue to diminish if not adequately funded, especially as globalization and the growth of immerging state and non-state proxies become more capable to
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