Gen. Frederick M. Franks Jr., US Army
Just four years ago, the Berlin Wall was razed, symbolically announcing the end of the Cold War and declaring the dawn of a new era-an era of great change. The strategic landscape is now different and we are in a pivotal and uncommonly challenging period for our nation, our Army and the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. This new strategic context establishes a whole new set of conditions for us. Unlike the relatively predictable environment of the Cold War, we are now faced with much uncertainty in a world of rapidly accelerating change, as events since 1989 have demonstrated. This new environment-this new era-requires a different posture for our nation and our Army, both physically and intellectually. This is a different-decidedly different-challenge from what we faced only a few years ago.
Published: December 1993
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