Engineer Analysis of the Light Infantry Division (ELID). Volume 1
Final rept. Jul 1985-Dec 1986
ARMY ENGINEER STUDIES CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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This study analyzes the engineer requirements of the lkight infantry division LID during two very different 1988 wartime scenarios, and determined the engineer force needed to support the division in either scenario. The study concluded that The LID engineer battalion working alone can successfully support the division during the initial phase of a short-duration, low-intensity conflict, but needs immediate EAD augmentation to support the division during mid- to high-intensity conflicts. Given the LIDs most likely deployment conditions, the EAD unit best configured to support the division is the corps airborne battalion. The LID has the right kind and number of trucks to meet the engineer requirements imposed by various wartime scenarios. Adding scatterable mines and improved conventional mines to the LIDs equipment inventory will broaden the range of mobility and countermobility tasks the division can undertake. They also will likely reduce the divisional engineer requirements for transporting Class IV and V materiel. The LIDs few large-gap bridging requirements can be met by a lightweight, easy-to-transport bridge that can be placed over both wet and dry gaps, and which can be erected, in emergencies, by LID engineers working without EAD support. Keywords Division Forces, Evaluation, Light Infantry, Net Assessment.
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