RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
In recent years, the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division and the British16th Air Assault Brigade ventured to build a combined unit where the two organizations could conduct high-end airborne operations with seamless integration. In many ways, this targeted effort was a departure from past interoperability aspired to by airborne units and brought tactical units closer than ever before. Targeted interoperability of this type is rare however, interest in it seems only to grow as more nations interact at lower echelons on shorter time lines than in the past. In September 2014, the 82nd Airborne Division asked RAND Arroyo Center to look into the broader context in which their activities were being conducted. This study, produced under a project entitled Towards a Coalition Global Response Force, highlights trends in and motivations for interoperability and constructs a framework for moving forward with future interoperability. This study should be of interest to tactical units building multinational interoperability, headquarters offices that are tasked with constructing the requirements and securing the resources for such interoperability, and the combatant commands who might best benefit from advancing interoperability in the U.S. Army.