Army Air Commandos: A New Organization for Army Special Operations Aviation Foreign Internal Defense
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This research examines changes required in Army Special Operations Aviation as it begins to execute Rotary Wing Aviation Foreign Internal Defense RWAvFID missions in support of Geographic Combatant Command GCC Theater Security Cooperation Plans TSCP. A quantitative methodology is used to evaluate a proposed organization against United States Army Special Operations Command USASOC and GCC priorities. These stakeholder priorities were developed through a review of posture and strategic vision documents. The findings indicate that a new unit with RWAvFID detachments is an acceptable method to accomplish the assigned RWAvFID mission. A RWAvFID mission command unit in the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command USASOAC would form the nucleus of the capability and consist of three subordinate detachments of planners. This new unit would recruit, assess, and select Army aviators from general purpose aviation forces to serve as RWAvFID practitioners. Recommendations from this research include AFSOC and USASOAC assign liaison officers to improve USSOCOM AvFID program synchronization and develop and implement Army RWAvFID doctrine.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics