Strike Force: On Track or Time to Reinvent the Wheel?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Army recognizes that a medium-weight contingency force would be well suited to meet national security requirements for the twenty-first century. This medium-weight force would have an ability to deploy more quickly than heavy armor formations, yet possess more combat power than current light forces. with this vision in mind, force designers set out to build the Strike Force. The problem is that the original vision of a re-equipped standing Strike Force has been cancelled in favor of creating only a Strike Force headquarters that would draw units from across the Army prior to deploying. In an 18 January 1999 interview in Army Times the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Dennis Reimer indicated that the rationale for his decision was not the estimated 1.1 billion price tag associated with a standing Strike Force, but rather centered on the desire to build a more adaptable force than would be possible if permanent units were assigned.
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