Accession Number : AD1039139

Title :   Set Up for Failure: The Use of US Security Force Assistance to Prepare Foreign Security Forces for Traditional Combat Operations

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jun 2016,31 May 2017

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

Personal Author(s) : Kaye,Garrett J

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Report Date : 17 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The United States Armed Forces is currently redefining its approach to Security Force Assistance (SFA). The force structure has shifted to adopt the Regionally Aligned Force (RAF) concept, Engagement may emerge as a seventh war fighting function, and the testing of Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) may yield future programmed fielding. This reexamination of US SFA is occurring simultaneously with a reinvigorated commitment to preparing the joint force for traditional major combat operations. Where these two foundational military imperatives intersect is of both contemporary and historical relevance. Do the SFA lessons drawn from the unconventional warfare focus of the post-9-11 paradigm hold true across the spectrum of conflict, or are there special considerations for SFA in support of traditional warfare? In December of 1941, following years of American-led SFA, the Japanese invaded the Philippines and forced the withdrawal of its defending forces. In 1950, following years of American-led SFA, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) invaded the Republic of Korea (ROK), forcing a defensive retrograde to Pusan. A comparative analysis of these two case studies may yield lessons for contemporary SFA in support of traditional major combat operations.

Descriptors :   lessons learned , south korea , Philippines , combat operations , military forces(united states) , unconventional warfare , military organizations , counterinsurgency , military operations , foreign relations , contingency operations (military) , combat readiness , military forces(foreign)

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE