Accession Number : ADA264491


Title :   The Light Infantry Division: A Case for Greater Robustness in a Downsized Army


Descriptive Note : Study project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Hagenbeck, Franklin L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264491.pdf


Report Date : 08 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 31


Abstract : In 1984 a decision was made to create the Light Infantry Division (LID). This decision sparked controversy throughout the Army and raised issues that remain unresolved today. The primary concerns that were raised centered on the LID's shortcomings in lethality and sustainability. This study project is a review of current LID limitations as seen by past and present Light Infantry Division commanders. Their perspectives were taken from Division Command Lessons Learned Program pamphlets, Combat Training Centers (CTC) Lessons Learned, and a detailed interview on this subject with a serving Light Infantry Division Commanding General, MG Steven L. Arnold. The recommendations and conclusions do not represent a consensus from the light infantry community, but are the summarized views of LID commanders. The general view is that the shortcomings of the LID must be corrected -- the LID must become more robust in the 1990's in order to meet the Army requirement for 'versatility, deployability, lethality, and expansibility.' If it cannot meet this criteria, the LID risks being viewed as irrelevant and expendable in a budget constrained, downsized Army.


Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , *COMBAT READINESS , *INFANTRY , *DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , REQUIREMENTS , WARFARE , LESSONS LEARNED , RISK , COMMUNITIES , TRAINING , LIGHT , LIMITATIONS , LETHALITY , BUDGETS , ARMY , EXPENDABLE


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE