Accession Number : ADA566640


Title :   Protecting the Force? A Historical Perspective on the Operational Effect of the Division Protection Cell


Descriptive Note : Monograph, Jul 2011-Apr 2012


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Gordon, Robert D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a566640.pdf


Report Date : 17 May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 68


Abstract : Because the protection cell is such a recent creation and is still being developed in many corps and divisions, there is little literature regarding the operational effects of these operational planning units. The resultant lack of understanding of the key operational changes that have occurred in the organization of the staff hinders effective operational planning and mission command. The uncertainty and complexity of today's operating environment demands a closer look at the effectiveness of operational staffs. Providing a more complete discussion of the doctrinal and operational changes in the realm of protection over the last forty years requires a broad body of research spanning several disciplines. Because of the myriad complex tasks compiled under the protection cell, the research is limited to three primary areas of survivability, CBRN operations, and operational area security. These areas will highlight the greater issues encompassed by protection cell, however, addressing the question of what the operational effect of the division protection cell has been. Through a better understanding of the functions of the protection cell, divisions will be better able to conduct operations with effective, integrative protection efforts. Cynics and opponents of the current division staff structure may balk at its size and dismiss it as ineffective compared to earlier, smaller staffs. They mistake the organization's robust numbers as bloated, and excessive when compared with requirements that the staff should be able to handle. The high number of soldiers who have been tasked to supplement deployed divisions over the last ten years portrays a different perspective. On the contrary, today's operational environment requires a vast number of distinct but supportive and interdependent specialists working in concert toward operational objectives. The division protection cell is a perfect example of just such an organization. Through the lenses of survivability, CBRN operatio


Descriptors :   *CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , AREA SECURITY , DEPLOYMENT , HISTORY , PROTECTION , UNCERTAINTY


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE