Preparing for the Future: The Regional Alignment of U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The U.S. Army is regionally aligning its Brigade Combat Teams BCTs after a decade of continuous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This study examines the impact of regionally aligning BCTs with Geographic Combatant Commands. This study began by first surveying literature published by the Department of Defense, the Army, and national security scholars published in the last ten years. Second, the author conducted a survey of designated Brigade Commanders and Command Sergeants Major attending the Fort Leavenworth Pre-Command Course to receive expert feedback on the impact regional alignment will have on the training and readiness of BCTs. Finally, this study examined the after action reports three BCTs that deployed to OIF to evaluate the impact of regional training on their mission readiness. The information collected confirmed that the Army should regionally align its BCTs because the concept will make BCTs more effective at the tactical level as well as increase the Armys relevance in the future security environment.
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