Accession Number : ADA258095
Title : The Diffuse Battlefield and the Corps Raider Brigade
Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
Personal Author(s) : Franke, 111, Henry G
Report Date : 20 Dec 1991
Pagination or Media Count : 76
Abstract : This paper is a theoretical analysis of the changing nature of warfare a the tactical level due to the increased use in deep operations of deep-looking intelligence assets and highly lethal and precise weapons. The extension of a extremely lethal battlefield to greater depths will force great dispersion of assets and operations beyond the frontline. I have called this phenomenon the diffuse battlefield. For now, this condition will favor offensive operations over defensive ones. Diffuse battlefield operations are defined as near-term, offensively oriented, tactical operations beyond the frontline which take advantage of emerging components of the diffuse battlefield. This paper argues that, at least in the near-term, tailored irregular forces operating under a unique set of warfighting principles and supported by dedicated longrange fires will be beat suited to carry out diffuse battlefield operations. To expand on this approach, I developed an operating concept with the Corps Raider Brigade as the illustrative organization. A qualitative analysis of this operating concept was done by applying the criteria of utility, feasibility, and affordability to the Corps Raider Brigade force. The ultimate research question was whether the Army should consider incorporating diffuse battlefield operations into its warfighting doctrine and fielding the appropriate forces to execute them. While the Corps Raider Brigade concept wag assessed to have great utility in the context of AirLand Battle and AirLand Operations, my first-order analysis questions the feasibility and, most importantly, the affordability of fielding this force. Nonetheless, the diffuse battlefield construct deserves further study by the Army. Deep Operations, Irregular Forces, Empty Battlefield, Future Warfare.
Descriptors : *BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *TACTICAL WARFARE , WEAPONS , WARFARE , INTELLIGENCE , OPERATION , DIFFUSION , QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS , PAPER , APPROACH , DISPERSIONS , DOCTRINE , BATTLES , ARMY PLANNING , ARMY , SALARIES , DEPTH , ORGANIZATIONS , BATTLEFIELDS
Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE