Accession Number:

ADA503476

Title:

Who Better to Employ the CAP Concept than Reconnaissance Units?

Descriptive Note:

Contemporary issues paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-07

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

According to Lieutenant General James Mattis, the greatest probability is the rise of so called irregular challengers. . . insurgency among other things . . . will challenge United States security interests globally. With these comments from the General the Marine Corps will have to adjust its employment methods. The mindset for training our troops for this type of warfare is different than preparing for conventional engagements. Therefore, it is imperative that the United States military attain the ability to operate smartly, independently, and decisively on an asymmetrical battlefield. The Combined Action Platoon CAP concept has displayed some success when facing irregular challenges, but the right men need to be chosen for such missions. Because they have the training, equipment, and maturity needed to be successful in this type of environment, reconnaissance platoons are best suited to apply the Combined Action Platoon CAP concept in Iraq. In Vietnam, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines were successful in combining South Vietnamese Popular Forces PFs and effectively defending within their Area of Responsibility AOR. Out of this combined action of PFs and Marines living and fighting in the local villages evolved the Combined Action Platoons CAP.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE