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Alternative Organizations for Interim/Stryker Brigade Combat Teams

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This paper examines a key element of the Armys Transformation program--the Interim or Stryker Brigade Combat Team ISBCT. The purpose of this research is to study the basic organization of the ISBCT with the goal of identifying alternative organizational structures for the teams. These alternative structures may prove useful in several situations. Alternative structures might be useful if programming decisions by the Department of Defense or Army leadership change the Armys plan to field the number of ISBCTs currently programmed. In this scenario, in lieu of fielding fewer of the current-sized ISBCTs, the Army might elect to field the planned six teams with a lower vehicle density or less organic capability than currently envisioned. Secondly, alternative structures may be sought if the current ISBCT organization proves in practice to be less capable, in one of several areas, than envisioned or desired. The Army is bringing the ISBCT into being in an accelerated fashion that combines development, experimentation and fielding into a parallel process. In this accelerated procurement program for the ISBCT, the Army may yet discover that the current structure cant achieve goals for deployment, employment, sustainment or training. Finally, if the Army decides at some point in the future to field ISBCT-type capabilities to other segments of the legacy force it may very well consider different structures than the ISBCT baseline. Fielding the Objective Force is tied directly to technological breakthroughs that will make the Future Combat System FOS possible. If FOS technology fails to mature rapidly enough or if programming decisions delay Objective Force fielding, it is conceivable the Army might decide to spread ISBCT capabilities to a larger segment of the legacy force in the interim. This paper will analyze these scenarios and briefly examine three potential alternative ISBCT structures to apply against them.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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