With a resurgent Russia and China threatening U.S. and Western interests around the world, the military must adapt accordingly to address the threat. Part of this process is the reformation of the U.S. Army to a more modern and efficient fighting force.

For close to two decades, the Army has operated based on the concept of the brigade combat team (BCT), which was well suited for counterinsurgency operations. As warfare refocuses on state-level conflicts, however, the Army is seeking to adapt to meet any possible threats. Although effective against guerrillas and very flexible, the BCT concept is inadequate in the face of dozens of Chinese divisions, for example. Such scenarios would necessitate organizational and support echelons larger than a mere brigade can provide.

According to Lieutenant General Eric Wesley, the director of the Futures and Concepts Center, “There is going to be a fundamental change in the organizational structure to fight the way we are describing.”

The Army’s Future and Concepts Center is responsible for designing how the Army will operate in the next 15-plus years. Analyzing current and future military and geopolitical trends, the center develops concepts, establishes requirements, and conducts extensive wargaming and experimentation to determine the best course for the Army.