Motorized Experience of the 9th Infantry Division,
INFANTRY DIV (MOTORIZED) 9TH FORT LEWIS WA
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In 1981 the Chief of Staff of the Army tasked the 9th Infantry Division to develop a high technology light division that could deploy rapidly and still engage heavy threat forces. Moreover, the division was to be fielded more rapidly than the traditional development cycle would support. To accomplish this demanding task would require new methods to determine and test concepts, doctrine, force structure and equipment. Building the new division required a process that bad as its core the 9th Infantry Division working closely with the High Technology Test Bed to find and field quickly the technology needed to leap ahead of the normal evolution of combat forces. Thus, was born the motorized experience. During the following eight years, the division evolved from a straight infantry division to a testing center to an interim motorized division. Even today it continues to evolve as a motorized-heavy division. Because of affordability problems, the objective motorized division was never achieved.
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