Strike Operations: Contingency Operations with Light-Heavy-Special Operations Forces.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study seeks to identify the doctrine, tactics and techniques unique to employment of light, heavy, and special operations forces as a mixed force. The doctrine, tactics and techniques are applied to a likely contingency scenario of a Strike Operation to provide a base model for future employment of mixed forces. The review of literature demonstrates a critical void in doctrine, tactics, and techniques for employment of light and heavy forces as well as conventional and special operations forces. Existing literature does not address the most likely method of force employment the United States Army will use to fight with. This thesis identifies unique aspects of each battlefield operating system for each component element of the force mixture. Also included are planning considerations to overcome the lack of doctrine, tactics and techniques necessary for addressing those aspects. This thesis also contains a model for conducting a Strike Operation with light, heavy, and SOF forces. The model is based on actual training exercises and contingency operations conducted by light, heavy, and SOF elements. This study concludes that light, heavy and special operations forces are a viable and lethal option for the conduct of contingency Strike Operations throughout the continuum of conflict.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare