Accession Number : ADA118852

Title :   Operational Alternatives for Air Assault Forces in the 1990s.

Descriptive Note : Study project,


Personal Author(s) : Micol,Victor E , Jr ; Campbell,Dan H ; Bramlett,David A

PDF Url : ADA118852

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 132

Abstract : The focus is on the proper operational alternatives for air assault forces in the 1990s. Operational alternatives are examined in the areas of force packages and packaging, strategic deployment considerations, and tactical employment options. Data were collected using both offical and unofficial literature and from personal interviews with planners and operators associated with air assault forces and their uses. Emerging Army operational concepts in the new FM100-5 (Final Draft, 15 Jan 82) mandate a rexamination of existing and projected forces and thier proper application consistent with mobile, manuever-oriented offensive notions. Four alternatives in force packaging are examined; the various deployment requirements for air assault forces are measured in terms of strategic airlift sorties, sealift hulls, and combinations of airlift and sealift assets; employment options are evaluated in their historic and current contexts and projected into the 1990s using the parameters of vulnerability and survivability in determining a priority in determining a priority for employment. The study concludes that air assault forces are vital component in the emerging in the operational concepts and that there are preferred courses of action to be pursued in the areas of force packaging, strategic deployment, and tactical employment.

Descriptors :   *Airmobile operations, *Military strategy, *Military tactics, Army planning, Deployment, Military force levels, Army planning, Airlift operations, Rapid deployment, Military organizations, Military forces(United States), Missions, Scenarios, Strategic warfare, Tactical warfare, Feasibility studies, Air strikes, Operational readiness

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE