Pay Now or Pay Later: An Analysis of Two Tactical Combat Force Locations,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study examines a portion of the current US Army rear operation doctrine as it applies to the tactical level of war. Specifically, it compares the capability of the dedicated rear area tactical combat force TCF with an on-order tactical combat force TFC to effectively counter a level III Soviet incursion into the division rear area DRA. To obtain evidence for this comparison contemporary TCF practices in nine US Army divisions are examined, as well as, the rear experiences of the 24th Infantry Division along the Naktong River during the Dorean conflict in August 1950. The author concludes that the tactical combat force TCF portion of the rear operations doctrine is vague, that it requires revision. Due primarily to the scope and capability of Soviet combat units to successfully engage our rear area, the criticality and vulnerability of the sustainment effort emanating in the division rear area the need for a dedicated rear area TCF subbordinated to the Rear Operations officer possesses the greatest potential for successfully countering a level III Soviet threat, thereby maintaining a continuous sustainment effort to the close-in and deep operations of the unified battlefield. Keywords Military strategy Military tactics Military preparedness Battlefield.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics