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Odierno to Army War College: ‘Help Us Define’ Army of Future

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Students from the Army War College will be the ones who will develop solutions to future national security challenges, the Army’s chief of staff said Friday.

Gen. Raymond Odierno told the college’s senior class this is their year to begin using their experiences to think about the Army’s future challenges under a tightened defense budget.

“As we look to the future, whether it be the our fiscal problems, whether it be the uncertainty of our security environment throughout the world — then take that, think through those problems, help us define and develop the Army of the future,” Odierno said.

The Army of the future must broaden its focus and view the world through a more global lens, Odierno said. That means understanding the impacts of globalization and defending access to natural assets not under national jurisdiction such as oceans and space.

The Army will also have to address challenges in space and cyberspace, Odierno said.

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