Simultaneous Operations: The Airborne Force Has a Major Role, But is it Capable?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph analyzes whether the US airborne force is capable of contributing to simultaneous operations on the next battlefield. Specifically, is the airborne force doctrine and organization adequate for employment as an operational maneuver force on the next battlefield The next battlefield, for the purpose of this monograph, is one which will require simultaneous operations by joint US forces and their allies to achieve quick decisive victory with minimal casualties in a mid to high-intensity combat environment. The 82d Airborne Division, todays US conventional airborne force, has been used a number of times in strategic and tactical roles since World War II. However, not since World War II has the US used an airborne force as an operational maneuver force in a mid to high-intensity combat environment. An airborne force whose capability is limited to a strategic role, even as critical as this role is, does not fulfill the concept of versatility. Most importantly, simultaneous operations confirm a need for operational airborne assaults.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics