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Optimal Structure For the Infantry Units of the National Army of the Republic of Moldova

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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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In 2018, the Republic of Moldovas new National Defense Strategy was signed by the President and ratified by the government. The Strategy stipulates new threats and a new set of objectives that the National Army must accomplish. In contrast to the strategic requirements, the current structure of units in the National Army is predominantly based on old Soviet structures and does not possess the capabilities needed to accomplish its tasks. Finally, considering the continuously evolving operational environment and threats in the region, the existing structure of the Army infantry units battalion size elements do not provide the necessary capabilities to accomplish the Armys constitutional mission of protecting the states sovereignty and its territorial borders. Nor does the structure exist to continue peacekeeping operations in the Transnistrian Region, to support civil authorities in case of emergency or natural disasters, or even to participate in multinational peacekeeping operations being fully interoperable with its strategic partners. This research provides an overview of relevant strategic documents of the Republic of Moldova, a combined arms concept, and an example of the Slovenian Armed Forces. The goal of this research is to provide the optimal structure of an infantry unit battalion size element in current conditions considering the existing limited financial capabilities of the Moldovas Defence Institution. The results should lay the foundation for the transformation that has already started in the National Army. The research provides solutions for augmenting the existing light and motorized infantry capabilities with some enablers that would facilitate the interoperability with strategic partners. With an organization based on the presented recommendation, the National Army would be more efficient in accomplishing its primary missions and tasks as directed by the existing strategic documents.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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