Accession Number:

ADA440704

Title:

A Rational Approach to Total Force Planning

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-04-10

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

As a nation the United States has a lengthy tradition of maintaining minimum sized standing forces in peacetime, and relying on the militia, the citizen soldier, to form the nucleus of the expanded forces needed during periods of conflict. The Cold War changed this. For the first time in our history there was a need to maintain substantial forces without their immediate use in a hot war. This departure from tradition was driven by the threat of Soviet expansionism a threat which appears to have virtually evaporated. The broad question we now face is to what degree we should revert to our pre-Cold War peacetime tradition by reducing our active forces and placing increased dependence on our modern versions of the militia. Are the threats we now face compelling enough to significantly revise the tradition

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE