Accession Number:

ADA255146

Title:

Army Contingency Forces: What Should They Be?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

This monograph addresses the issue of US Army contingency forces composition, size, potential use and orientation. The size and shape of the battlefield is fundamental in the type of forces needed in contingency operations. Most significantly, the need exists for forces that are capable of deploying rapidly, conducting forcible entry and designed with deployability and sustainability in mind. In determining the requirements for the units, the aspects of deployability, lethality, flexibility and versatility are examined. An analysis of recent US Army involvements in Grenada, Honduras, Panama and South West Asia are used to take lessons of history and apply them to the contingency needs of the Army. Additionally, the French rapid deployment force is scrutinized as the way another country has solved the need for a contingency force.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE