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Do Lessons Learned from Past Security Force Assistance Missions Validate the Creation of the United States Army's Current Security Force Assistance Brigades

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Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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While the revised US Army Doctrine Reference Publication 3-0, Operations, and associated Field Manual shift the Armys focus to preparing for large-scale combat operations against a near-peer threat, security force assistance operations continue to be vital to promote regional United States interests. The Army created security force assistance brigades to relieve brigade combat teams from performing security cooperation operations. These much smaller regionally aligned advisor units will be challenged to fulfill the intense theater requirements for security force assistance operations. Brigade combat teams will continue to have to execute security force assistance and should synchronize their efforts with regionally aligned advisor units to meet the needs of combatant commanders. The case studies from past security force assistance operations in China during WWII and in Korea during the Korean War validate the Armys creation of the security force assistance brigades. These case studies will also highlight lessons learned that apply to todays security force assistance brigades.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Humanities and History

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