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US Army Corps: Getting Back to Being a Tactical Warfighting Headquarters?


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As the US Army transitions from fighting counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan to large-scale combat operations, the role of the army's corps must also transition. The corps serves as one of the army's most versatile headquarters and helps bridge the gap between the operational and tactical levels of war. The US Army corps will win the fight in large-scale combat operations through the synchronization of operations and by providing tactical direction to the flexible combinations of forces required on the modern battlefield. These forces will include not only naval, air and land components, but cyber and space components as well. The primary means by which the corps can accomplish this is by shaping and setting conditions for its subordinate units. Additionally, the corps must set conditions that disrupt and divert enemy combat power and capabilities away from its main effort to enable it time to build combat power. Also, the corps will have to plan and coordinate with its higher, lower and lateral echelons, as well as manage and allocate resources for its units while executing large-scale combat operations. The 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive, the examination of the army's professional military education efforts during the interwar period between World War I and II for its officer corps and Operation Husky will be used to highlight the main functions of the corps. As the US military continues into the 21st century, continued emphasis on training and professional military education will remain crucial for the US Army corps to remain postured to counter any global threats or contingencies.



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