Accession Number:

ADA370344

Title:

U.S. Army Strike Force -- A Relevant Concept

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-04-30

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

Since January 1999, there has been a tremendous level of debate within the U.S. Army concerning how it should be organized and how it should deploy specifically, its ability to rapidly deploy within 96 hours and provide a deterrence force of two to five thousand personnel. Army advocates for change argue that the Armys current force structure consists of heavy mechanized forces and light airborne forces, but no medium-weight, rapidly deployable, ground force capability that can perform a multi-mission role. This role should cover a wide spectrum to include decisive combat and operations other than war, specifically, support and stability operations. In order to bridge this gap, the Armys Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC has been designated the proponent to develop a rapidly deployable, medium-weight force its name, Strike Force. As the proponent, TRADOC has developed a Strike Force Operational and Organizational Concept - a concept that has recently been approved by General Reimer, Army Chief of Staff. Many critics challenge the validity of the Strike Force concept, as the need for this capability has appeared to materialize from nowhere. Those critics have brought to the forefront several fundamental questions such as, what are the operational requirements, purpose, and mission of such a force Is there a current shortfall regarding the Strike Force concept within the Department of Defense in general and within in the U.S. Army in specific Would the establishment of such a force be redundant with current Army or other service capabilities Does the Army envision a requirement to change its methods of force tailoring and organizing forces for operations in order to meet the dynamic needs of emerging and future operational requirements This monograph explores the viability of the Strike Force concept in terms of the U.S. Armys current and future mission requirements.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE