RAF and Sustainment Warfighting Function
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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The United States is in the midst of implementing a responsible transition after ending the war in Iraq, drawing down in Afghanistan, and defeating Al-Qaida and its terrorist affiliates, while moving the economy from catastrophic recession to lasting recovery.1 Headquarters, Department of the Army HQDA has developed an updated concept for providing trained and ready Army forces to the geographic combatant commanders GCC in support of their theatre campaign plans TCP. This concept, advanced by HQDA, called Regionally Aligned Forces RAF, is intended to support the GCCs to shape the environment, mitigate tensions, and deter armed conflict in their area of responsibility AOR.2 RAF provides the combatant commander CCDR with up to joint task force JTF capable headquarters with scalable, tailorable capabilities to support shaping the environment. JTF capability includes Army units assigned to combatant commands allocated to a combatant command and those capabilities service retained, combatant command aligned SRCA and prepared by the Army for combatant command CCMD regional missions. These forces include Army organizations and capabilities from the corps down to the brigade echelon which are forward stationed operating in a CCMD AOR supporting from outside the AOR, including reach-back capability and prepared to support from outside the AOR. CCMD requirements are driving and implementing these regional missions. RAF requires an understanding of the cultures, geography, languages, and militaries for the countries where they are deploying, as well as expertise how to impart military knowledge and skills to others.3 The Army intends that the RAF concept will support CCMD and U.S. Government requirements to Prevent, Shape, and Win, while remaining operationally adaptable to respond to global contingencies, if required.
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