The Civil Affairs Force Structure: Is It Sufficient to Support Divisions and Corps in Contingency Operations?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph discusses the ability of the current civil affairs force structure to adequately support divisions and corps when they are deployed in contingency operations. Over 95 percent of all civil affairs units are found in the reserves. The active force is composed of only one battalion. Therefore, when a division or corps is deployed in a contingency operation, there is typically inadequate support available until a reserve unit can be mobilized. The monograph outlines the current force structure in terms of its capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Then it examines the effectiveness of the support it provided during Operation URGENT FURY, Operation JUST CAUSE, and Operation RESTORE DEMOCRACY. Finally, it contrasts various considerations and concerns involved with force structure capability shortcomings and examines a possible remedy for those shortcomings.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics