Accession Number:

ADA370697

Title:

The Decisive Edge: SETAF as a Standing JTF.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

The United States Army Southern European Task ForceSETAF, located in Vicenza, Italy, is a major subordinate command of the United States Army Europe USAREUR. It has the mission to become the core of a joint task force JTF headquarters ready to deploy within seventy-two hours. As the JTF, it is European Commands headquarters of choice for forcible entry, noncombatant evacuation, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief missions. SETAF must be prepared to deploy anywhere within the area of responsibility AOR that ranges from Northern Europe to Cape Horn, an area that encompasses some of the most volatile areas of the world. U.S. doctrine call for the establishment of JTFs for specific limited objectives and states that the ad hoc nature of the JTF headquarters allows for flexibility and ability to tailor for the mission. History demonstrates that in practice, U.S. forces have had difficulty in responding to rapidly emerging crises with ad hoc headquarters. The headquarters are initially inefficient and may be incapable of coherently conducting simultaneously phased operations across the continuum of time and space due to lack of initial cohesion, capability, and regional focus. Due to the nature of its missions that call for rapid response to protect American lives and property, and national interests, SETAF can be most effective if organized as a Standing Joint Task Force.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE