May 30, 2013
Army Chief Odierno Outlines Vision and Priorities of US Army

On May 29, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army.

General Odierno discussed the near- and longer-term outlook for the US Army, including the effects of the sequester on his vision and priorities. In an era of divergent and ever-changing threats and decreased budgets, the United States Army is pressed to execute a defense strategy that maximizes the limited resources available. General Odierno provided an overview of the US Army’s readiness in the near-term regionally-aligned force concept he announced a year ago. He also looked to the long-term and discussed the types of priority missions and capabilities that will be needed by the Army in the highly dynamic security landscape.

In the thirty-five years of General Odierno’s distinguished military career, he has commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States. From October 2001 to June 2004, General Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division, leading the division during Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2003 to March 2004. From December 2006 to February 2008, he served as the commanding general, Multi-National Corps – Iraq (III Corps) as the operational commander of the surge of forces. Later, he served as the commanding general, Multi-National Force - Iraq and subsequently United States Forces - Iraq. Most recently he commanded United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM).

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