Accession Number:

ADA242234

Title:

What Force Structure Best Positions the Divisional Engineer Bridge Company to Support River Crossing Operations?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 1 Aug 90-7 Jun 91,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-06-07

Pagination or Media Count:

217.0

Abstract:

This study researches the positioning of the current Heavy Division Bridge Company to best support River Crossing Operations. Numerous changes in force structure, size of the force, and optimum use of engineer capabilities have raised questions concerning the positioning of bridging assets. New warfighting doctrine requires additional support functions being shifted to corps level. A majority of future river crossing operations will require augmentation by corps assets. The lays a foundation to seriously question if the divisional bridge company should be transferred to corps level. The thesis resolves the question by analyzing historical perspectives and the ability to support Air Land Battle--Future doctrine. Also the Engineer Restructuring Initiative and Army-wide troop reductions are researched to determine their impact on the units ability to support river crossing operations. Three possible relationships are tested involving assignment to the divisional battalion, the corps brigade, or additional corps bridge battalions. The study uses four independent decision matrices to conclude that the bridge company should be assigned to a Corps Bridge Battalion. Recommendations concerning command and control, training and sustainment are included.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE