Photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston

The new Army Operating Concept, entitled “Win in a Complex World,” was released for public consumption earlier this month. It received considerable attention, primarily due to the exceptional leadership tied to its construction, but also how it contrasts to the gloom of impending defense budget and end-strength cuts. With the active-Army end strength projected to drop to as low as 420,000 soldiers by 2017 from a wartime high of 570,000 in 2008, Army leadership is rightly nervous about readiness. Soldiers, many who served honorably and deployed to any number of contingencies, are destined to have their careers cut short.

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