Moving into the Future: Allied Mobility in a Modern hybrid Warfare Operational Environment
Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018
US Army Command and General Staff College, School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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This monograph investigates the implication of modern hybrid warfare or Russian fourth generation warfare on mobility. Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and separatists in the crisis in Ukraine in 2014 provide examples of irregular forces applying a wide range of strategies and sophisticated modern weapons and technology. Allied doctrine is analyzed to compare current and past doctrines to the two case studies and the multi-domain battle concept. Using the US Army Warfighting functions as an analysis tool doctrine, equipment and organizational recommendations are made. The recommendations to improve mobility in the modern hybrid threat environment include a doctrinal focus on wider dispersion, less reliance on communications, more mobile and self-supporting units. This requires lighter, multi-role, swimmable high mobility fighting vehicles. Units require a higher ratio of logistics vehicles. These combined arms units must be self-sufficient, well-rehearsed and capable of independent maneuver.
- Unconventional Warfare