Infantry: Policing the Consolidation Area
[Technical Report, Monograph]
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies
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The 2017 US National Security Strategy identified the need to rebuild the military to deter, and if needed, defeat peer adversaries. Released in parallel with the National Security Strategy, the 2017 US Army Field Manual 3-0, Operations, established consolidation of gains as one of the Armys four strategic roles in support of the joint force. The consolidation of gains is critical as it translates tactical success to strategic victory. One of the goals of consolidation of gains is the militarys transfer of a stable security environment to other legitimate authorities. The Army executes operations to consolidate gains through decisive action which includes the simultaneous execution of offensive, defensive, stability, and defense support of civil authority tasks. The Armys ability to conduct security tasks, specifically the establishment of civil security, is critical to establishing a stable environment. The establishment of civil security hinges on the Armys ability to conduct policing operations following the conclusion of major combat operations. The restoration of civil security deters adversarial or criminal organizations from exploiting voids in local security presence and facilitates the smooth transfer of power to local or international civil authorities. The US Army is currently unprepared to conduct these operations due to the quantity and disposition of military police throughout the force. Historical precedence supports the use of infantry forces to fill this gap, but changes in policy, doctrine, and training are required to ensure immediate success.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics