Accession Number:

ADA394599

Title:

Is It Time to Give the U.S. Army Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy) a Facelift

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-03-08

Pagination or Media Count:

134.0

Abstract:

This thesis focuses on a construction unit in the United States Army, the Engineer Battalion Combat Heavy. The Engineer Battalion Combat Heavy is the organization providing the U.S. Army the bulk of its heavy construction capability. The author examines the organization and capabilities of the battalion and determines if the U.S. Army should make changes to the battalion organizational structure to make it a more effective combat multiplier for full spectrum operations in the 21st century. The concept of modularity is defined from doctrinal sources and an assessment is made to determine if the battalion configurations affords the flexibility required to achieve this. There is a tendency to look to civilian models, which generally have functionalized companies, when recommending changes to military construction organizations. This monograph examines the differences between operating environments of civilian construction firms and military construction units and assesses how this might impact the organizational design of a U.S. Army troop construction organization. The author briefly covers the history, employment and reasoning for the present organization of the battalion. Case studies of the use of combat heavy engineer battalions in Operations Desert ShieldDesert Storm 1990-1991, and operations in Bosnia 1995-2000 are examined to determine the battalions overall effectiveness in providing general engineering support to these operations. These case studies provides a basis for examining the use of the battalions in Major Theater War MTW operations of short duration in a relatively mature theater, and Stability and Support Operations SASO of long duration in an immature and battle damaged theater. Additionally, the present organizational structure of the troop heavy construction organizations in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. The author determined that overall, the present

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE