Transformation is not a buzzword for a future state of readiness, but a continuous process of preparedness for handling the battlefield of today and forecasting what will be on the battlefield tomorrow. Plans and actions are adjusted constantly along the way to improve, integrate, and economize capabilities.
The way ahead has little to do with slogans and "super fighters" available 20 years from now. It is a state of mind that started yesterday, applies today, and will be carried forward to the next hill and beyond. The goal is to win all operations—from humanitarian to actual combat—any place, any time, and with any required mix of power. In addition to coping with asymmetrical threats in today's war, the armed forces must adapt existing capabilities to evolving security changes that are expected in the next fight. Waiting for systems that "leap generations" will not provide winning capabilities today or within the next ten years.