Regional Engagement: Over-Optimizing and ARSOF Capability
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The present National Military Strategy establishes the militarys role of Shaping, Preparing, and Responding in support of US interests outlined in the National Security Strategy. The defense strategy calls for a selectively engaged military positioned to prevent the spread of violence, deter threats, and fight and win should deterrence fail. The challenge for the military is to meet these near term requirements while transforming combat capabilities to meet future, uncertain challenges. The Regional Engagement concept is an Army Special Operations model that addresses ARSOFs relevancy for the future. This paper critiques the concept by reviewing the evolution of Peacetime Engagement the basis for the concept, the Theater Engagement Plan, and numerous future documents. The paper finds the suggested force structure for the Regional Engagement Force problematic and concludes with recommendations for future ARSOF initiatives.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics