Strategic Analysis of Regional Alignment of United States Army Forces
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the Army transitions from its operational missions in Afghanistan and sets the conditions for the Army of 2020, a new strategy for managing forces has been developed that regionally aligns Army forces to Combatant Commanders. Regional Alignment of Forces RAF provides for a scalable and tailorable approach in meeting the Combatant Commander s requirements with the expertise and understanding of culture, geography, language, and the operating environment in which Army forces may operate. This paper provides an analysis on the ends, ways, and means through the functional areas of force structure, training and readiness, and funding. Recommendations are provided that may enable the Army to realize the full potential of RAF. They include ensuring force structure processes are focused on tailorable and scalable formations for both the Active and Reserve component adapting innovated partnering initiatives within the Army s current bench of experts and interagency to create a solid base of language and cultural experts and evaluating the Army s current funding process for the operational force.
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