Accession Number : ADA264045


Title :   Sustaining Warfighting Ability: While Achieving Total Force Reduction


Descriptive Note : Study project rept.,


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Graebener, Robert J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264045.pdf


Report Date : 15 Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 55


Abstract : This paper examines how training has become the center of gravity of the U.S. Army and proposes that it should be the basis for determining future reductions in force structure. The transition from a threat-based to a training- based design will ensure the decay to readiness which historically follows any major Army reductions will not occur. Training is a natural target for reduction since the benefits associated with a highly trained or poorly trained unit is only realized during combat. Using the Combat Training Center(CTC) training model as a point of departure, the minimum number of Active Army divisions are proposed-to ensure warfighting readiness is maintained well into the future. To complete the discussion of future force structure the National Guard's role in combat operations is analyzed with recommendations on how the Guard can become a full team player. The bottomline is the reality check applied when these proposals are compared with the historical relationship the militia and regular force have had since the founding of this nation.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *ARMY TRAINING , CENTER OF GRAVITY , WARFARE , COMBAT READINESS , TARGETS , GRAVITY , ARMY OPERATIONS , BENEFITS , DECAY , NUMBERS , TRANSITIONS , REDUCTION , STRUCTURES , NATIONS , MODELS , THREATS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE