Retooling Theater Strategic-Level Force Protection for the 21st Century
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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General Wayne A. Downing s USA, Ret report, dated 30 August 1996, on the bombing of Khobar Towers, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is widely held within the force protection community as the initial forcing function for integrating force protection into Department of Defense planning and operations. While a great deal of work on force protection has been accomplished since then, the effort, to a large extent, appears to be focused at the operational and tactical levels. A review of current doctrine leaves one unclear as to the construct for, and execution of, force protection at the theater strategic-level. This work examines current and emerging doctrine on force protection at the theater strategic-level and reviews the future operational environment for the 21st century. From there, the author proposes a construct for theater strategic-level force protection for the 21st century.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics