Peace Operations: Is There a Need for Wheeled Armored Vehicles?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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As the worlds strategic environment continues to change, the need for forces trained and equipped to conduct peace operations increases. The United States recognizes that the maintenance of peace and stability throughout the world supports its national interest therefore, its armed forces must remain capable of participating in such operations. It is imperative that the U.S. Army trains and equips its forces to meet the unique challenges presented by peace operations. The United States Army is one of the last armed forces in the world to fill the void that exists between its wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. Units participating in peace operations utilize either the High Mobility Multi Purpose Wheeled Vehicle HMMWV, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, or the M1A1 Tank. The lack of a wheeled, light armored vehicle alternative requires our forces choose between a highly mobile system which provides minimal firepower and no protection, or vehicles that provide superior protection and firepower at the expense of mobility. This monograph examines the unique capabilities offered by light, wheeled armored vehicles, and will attempt to determine if these vehicles are uniquely suited for use by forces conducting peace operations.
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