Assigning an Army Division to CENTCOM: Possibilities and Pitfalls
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph recommends the assignment of a division to CENTCOM in a manner that integrates both the capabilities-based and the threat-based planning methodologies. Due to the nature of the CENTCOM AOR, even after the transfer of authority in Iraq and the completion of military and civil reforms in Afghanistan, the CENTCOM commander will require a responsive land component force for the foreseeable future. This responsiveness will likely fall upon an Army division trained, organized, and equipped for operations specific to CENTCOM, and commanders and units proficient at intra-theater force projection. This division should have the capacity, given the enablers of its JTF headquarters, to generate and sustain maximum combat power at the time and place that the CENTCOM commander requires. A permanently assigned, forward-deployed division, supported by forward positioned joint capabilities, will provide the CENTCOM commander a responsive land component force in a region that is bound to challenge the national security of the United States for the foreseeable future.
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