Accession Number : AD1021809

Title :   Seizing the Lodgment: Forcible Entry Lessons from Panama and the Falklands

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Beaulieu, James A

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Report Date : 10 May 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This monograph analyzes factors critical to the success of two forcible entry operations. In 1989, the US military conducted one of the most complex forcible entry operations in its history. The US invasion of Panama leveraged a semi-permissive presence in the country, multiple modes of power projection, effective intelligence, creative deception, and overwhelming combat power to seize 27 major objectives in the opening hours of the conflict. In 1982, the British deployed a combined naval, amphibious, and ground task force 8,000 miles to retake the Falkland Islands after an Argentinian invasion. The British Task Force's understanding of the operational environment, strategic and operational deception, application of synchronized combined arms, and logistics operations enabled British forces to effectively isolate the lodgment, gain, and maintain access.

Descriptors :   military history , contingency operations (military) , military aircraft , military personnel , counterterrorism , united states southern command , air defense , crisis management , case studies , area denial , amphibious operations , Military doctrine , lessons learned , military forces (foreign) , Panama , military forces (united states)

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE