The Combined Arms Maneuver-Force and the Stability and Support-Force: A Dual Force Concept to Meet the Challenges of Future Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In every new conflict, the force structure and warfighting methodology of the military has been outdated and ill-suited to achieving a quick decisive victory. Simply put, the military has always been caught flat footed. The past 10 years of war have been a continuous struggle for the American military, which has been forced to adapt and change throughout the conflicts. With the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF and the approaching end of Operation Enduring Freedom OEF, the U.S Army must reflect upon a decade of warfare and critical lessons learned to shape the force for conflicts in an uncertain future, one in which a full spectrum of capabilities will be required. As a Major in the U.S. Army, it falls upon my shoulders to adequately train our forces to meet the needs of our nation and be ready for a holistic approach to Unified Land Operations as outlined in Army Doctrine Publication 3-0. This is a difficult task that is further complicated by the level of training required to properly conduct full- spectrum operations. As any good coach would say, playing Iron-Man football is not the preferred method. In other words, when you have to be good at playing all positions, the quality of play decreases. Therefore, it is important to look at how we can restructure the Army to allow our forces to concentrate their efforts on different aspects of warfare and, as a team, bring Unified Land Operations to fruition.
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