Enabling Theater Security Cooperation Through Regionally Aligned Forces
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Army developed its Regionally Aligned Force initiative as a response to a changing strategic environment as well as a way to ensure that the Service more effectively meets the requirements of the geographic combatant commanders. This Army initiative is expected to provide combatant commanders a force that will bring additional capability, capacity, and continuity to their theater security cooperation programs. While there are numerous benefits for the Army and the geographic combatant commanders in successfully implementing this initiative, the Service and the Department of Defense will have to overcome several significant challenges for the Regionally Aligned Force to become a viable force employment concept. This research project first explores the strategic context and background of the Regionally Aligned Force concept development, then discusses the qualities of these forces, next examines the potential benefits they will bring to a combatant commander, and concludes by considering some of the most significant challenges with implementing the initiative as well as recommendations to help ensure its success.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations