The Brigade Combat Team - Stability and Security Force Assistance Operations
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Army deployed its first Brigade Combat Team - Stability BCT-S, formerly known as Advise and Assist Brigades, to Iraq in April, 2009. Since then, additional brigades have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. These brigades are based on the Armys modular Brigade Combat Team BCT and are designed to partner with host nation conventional forces in order to increase their rate of development and enhance their effectiveness. This essay explores the functionality of the BCT-S for Security Force Assistance SFA operations by discussing the organization and mission of the BCT-S and identifying its individual and collective pre-deployment training requirements, noting shortfalls, and providing recommendations on how the Army can better prepare these formations for this increasingly relevant mission. Additionally, the ongoing debate over establishing a permanent force for SFA is summarized and discussed.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics