Landpower 2020: Enabling Regionally Aligned US Army Forces with Threat-Based Planning
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In order to overcome the challenges of the security environment as outlined in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance DSG, and better meet the requirements of the Geographic Combatant Commanders GCCs, the United States Army is required to provide adaptive and flexible forces. Furthermore, the Joint Force 2020 Concept stipulates that the Army must seek to better integrate its forces with joint and combined forces on a global scale. In order to accomplish the prerogatives of as outlined above, the Army has developed a strategy to regionally align its forces to the GCCs. This paper concurs with the concept for regionally aligning US Army forces, as advanced by multiple proponents and agencies in the Army, but will argue that Army forces can be better allocated based on threat-based planning methodologies. Moreover, this paper will propose that the GCCs and the Army strongly consider the synergy of a combination of Army forces and other joint and inter-organizational resources to enable the success of the combatant commanders.
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