The Role of the Airmechanized Raid in Operational Maneuver
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the potential contribution of an airmechanized raid to operational maneuver in a NATO environment. Defining air mechanization as the integration into the land battle of a major rotary-wing element, the monograph uses the current U.S. Army force structure to organize the raiding force. The effect of the raid is examined within the functional areas enumerated in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Commands TRADOC draft Blueprint of the Battlefield at the Operational Level of War command and control, intelligence, movement and maneuver, protection, fires, and support. The monograph begins with an introduction that defines the relevant terms. Then, it presents a brief historical perspective on the raid in operational maneuver. A theory chapter explores the relationship between depth, density, and maneuver in order to understand the evolution of the air mechanization concept as expressed in both the simpkin and the Soviet models. Finally, the monograph uses a NATO scenario to evaluate the contribution of an air mechanized raid in an operational maneuver. An appendix provides the calculations used in determining the raids effect.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics