Accession Number:

ADA179595

Title:

Forced Entry: Does the Current Airborne Division Still Retain This Capability Under the Light Infantry Tables of Organization and Equipment?

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-09-09

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

The intent of this monograph is to examine whether the airborne division still retains its ability to conduct successful forced-entry missions with the new Light Infantry L-series Table Of Organization Equipment. In order to arrive at a decision two historical examples of airborne operations are studied along with the H-series TOE, which is just being dropped. An analysis of the difference between the H-series and L-series is also conducted to determine which best supports forced entry in terms of combat power. The author concludes that the change of TOE from the H-series to the L-series does not provide enough combat power for an airborne division to conduct a forced entry mission against a well-trained, armed, and motivated enemy. Nevertheless, the Army needs an airborne division in its inventory for the flexibility an airborne division gives the National Command Authority and a Theater Commander to conduct forced entry missions. Therefore, the Army needs to stop the changeover in progress with the L-Series. It should then attempt to get the airborne division back closer to the H-Series. This will return more combat power and mission capability to the division.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE