Accession Number:

ADA618258

Title:

Regionally Aligned Forces: Concept Viability and Implementation

Descriptive Note:

Student publications

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Report Date:

2015-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

161.0

Abstract:

In the fall of 2012, a division commander requested the U.S. Army War College USAWC consider the challenges of turning a division headquarters into a joint task force JTF headquarters. The USAWC provided onsite assistance to help explore this challenge. One year later, a combatant commander requested that the USAWC consider the challenges of the Regionally Aligned Forces RAF concept. The combatant commander s deployed headquarters faced many of the same challenges identified in 2012. A division headquarters of approximately 150 personnel, deployed under the RAF concept, is smaller than would be expected as an operational JTF. Although focused on division-level challenges, the commander forward asked the USAWC team to consider the broader implications of implementing RAF across the Army. In response, the USAWC established a studentfaculty study group to address this strategic issue. The USAWC Study Group examined the RAF concept, explored capability and capacity shortages, and considered the compounded effect of related implications from the different Warfighting Functions. Organized across the Army Warfighting Functions WfFs1 and through the lenses of Doctrine, Organizations, Training, Materiel, Leadership and education, Personnel, and Facilities DOTMLPF,2 this compendium reports the results of that effort. The Army defines Regionally Aligned Forces RAF as 1 those units assigned or allocated to combatant commands, and 2 those service-retained, combatant command-aligned forces prepared by the Army for regional missions. They are drawn from the total force, including the Active Army, the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve.3 RAF consist of organizations and capabilities that are forward stationed, operating in a combatant command area of responsibility, and supporting or ready to support combatant commands through reach-back capabilities from outside the area of responsibility.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE