Aligning USAR Aviation Force Structure for DSCA
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Over the last decade, the Army has increased its reliance on reserve forces for contingency operations. In 2008, the United States Army Reserve USAR transitioned from a Strategic Reserve to an Operational Reserve. This, along with President Obamas current strategic guidance, emphasized the need for the Army Reserve to streamline its structure and concentrate on its core competencies. In line with these core competencies, the Armys strategic guidance calls for an increased emphasis on Defense Support of Civil Authorities DSCA, a mission that the Army Reserve is well suited to perform. This paper makes recommendations to realign Army Reserve Aviation assets to achieve efficiencies and better support both the Presidents and the Armys strategic guidance. It proposes that, Army Reserve Aviation should transform its two attack reconnaissance battalions AH-64 to assault battalions UH-60 in order to realign with the components mission and meet its DSCA support requirements. This paper also proposes the addition of a Theater Aviation Brigade TAB headquarters to the USAR aviation force structure in order to allow for greater flexibility in the components ability to conduct mission command.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Military Forces and Organizations