Accession Number:

ADA618263

Title:

RAF Movement and Maneuver Warfighting Function

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Report Date:

2015-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The Regionally Aligned Forces RAF concept is a viable approach for providing trained and ready forces to combatant commanders CCDRs to operationalize prevent, shape, and win. When viewed through the lens of the movement and maneuver warfighting function, however, some aspects of the RAF concept require refinement. The brigade combat team BCT is the principle maneuver force and represents the primary focus from which to analyze the impact of RAF on the movement and maneuver warfighting function as well as on the existing capability of a BCT to fulfill core maneuver tasks. The evidence indicates that in addition to existing capability gaps in a BCT s organic reconnaissance force structure, RAF increases the demand for reconnaissance operations to meet information requirements. Therefore, the Army should increase a brigade combat team s capability to conduct reconnaissance. Further examination of the RAF concept and the current Army force generation ARFORGEN process confirms that the current system requires adjustment. Modification of the ARFORGEN process is required to support an Army-wide readiness management philosophy that prepares RAF-designated forces while maintaining a higher level of base readiness across the force. RAF implementation also expands the movement and maneuver warfighting function s role in deterring conflict and shaping the operational environment. Increased exposure to a region will amplify expertise and enhance the ability of maneuver forces to conduct unified land operations. With additional refinement, BCTs will have the capability and capacity to fully support the RAF concept to provide modernized and ready, tailored land force capabilities to meet the combatant commander s requirements across the range of military operations. The role of conventional forces CF evolved over the last decade, expanding its capability and capacity in the current operating environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE