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Maintaining the Edge: Airborne Forcible Entry Operations in the Contemporary Operating Environment

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As a dominant superpower, the United States has a responsibility to set the standard for leadership around the world. The U.S. government has several tools at its disposal to help pursue this strategy to include diplomacy, information and economics. In order to be effective though, these implements of national power must be backed by our military might. To achieve these ends, the U.S. military must be able to maintain the ability to project power into both the global commons as well as the sovereign territories of other nations. The concept of projecting military power anywhere, any time is known as Joint Forcible Entry Operations JFEO. Forcible entry is defined as, seizing and holding a lodgment in hostile or potentially hostile territory that, when seized and held, will enable continuous landing of troops and material and provide maneuver space for subsequent operations. The United States Armed Forces focus on three distinct forcible entry capabilities amphibious assault, air assault, and airborne assault. These capabilities can be used individually or in concert to accomplish the mission. To ensure operational reach, and guarantee the United States ability to back up the implements of national power, the U.S. military must fully fund, train and equip the Airborne Infantry Brigade Combat Teams to fulfill the mission of executing JFEO.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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