Accession Number:

ADA611695

Title:

The Future of Armor in an Anti-Access Area Denial Environment

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-06-13

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

What will be the form and function of the armored force in 2030 The purpose of this thesis was to assess the possible roles and changes to the organization of the United States main battle tank and its supporting organizations. The question was examined first within the context of the United States national strategy. Potential competitors of the United States are utilizing weapon systems that deny U.S. Armed Forces access to competitor territory and to the global commons, therefore the research delved into the current Anti-Access and Area Denial weapon platforms and strategies that the United States could face in a conflict. The history of the tank was examined to provide historical context to proposed recommendations. The research used a qualitative method that incorporated grounded theory for analysis as well as case study methodology in data collection. The current joint capabilities integration and development systems manual 2012 helped identify the categories to show potential gaps in each category. The categories used were doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities DOTMLPF. The end results were general recommendations for changes to the United States main battle tank as well as recommendations within each of the DOTMLPF categories.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Combat Vehicles
  • Armor

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE