Transformation: Are We on a Joint Path?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Transformation is the buzzword of the new millennium for the United States military complex. This monograph determines if the independent services transformation programs meet the future needs of the joint community. The answer demonstrates that current service transformation programs yield an extremely limited joint transformation. The author defined transformation as the constructive adaptation of force structure, culture, and doctrine to achieve a new operational construct wherein technologies and related concepts are incorporated to yield order of magnitude increases in joint capabilities. Four measures of merit were developed rapid response, scalability, survivability, long range forced entry from which the 2002 service transformation roadmaps were evaluated for their effect on joint capabilities. The USMC concept of Ship to Objective Maneuver STOM was not joint transformation as it provides redundant light forced entry capability. The Army Objective Force concept for long-range heavy-capable forced entry met the measures of merit however, the concept hinges on adequate lift assets not clearly delineated, available, or planned in the service roadmaps. The USAF concepts of Global Response and Global Strike provide long-range forced entry combat airpower however, lift to sustain them or to insert heavy ground forces was not proposed. Without lift reform, the joint community will have limited ability to employ any of these concepts. The transformation roadmaps of 2002 yield an uncertain joint transformation. The DOD should adopt the authors definition and measures of merit in order to focus transformational efforts.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics