Accession Number : ADA184715

Title :   Operational Considerations for the Employment of a Light Infantry Division in a Contingency Scenario.

Descriptive Note : Masters thesis,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Reese,Robert J

PDF Url : ADA184715

Report Date : 21 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : Contingency planners have little to assist them in planning for the employment of a light infantry division in peacetime contingency operations. The division was created to provide the capability to respond to a crisis before the situation deteriorated to the point where a much larger force would be required to restore stability. However, many recent articles, studies, and academic papers have focused on issues of employment in NATO and effective mixes of heavy and light forces. There has been little discussion of the operational level considerations for the employment of a light division outside of NATO. This study attempts to identify some of these considerations. It asks the question, What are the factors that operational level planners should consider in the employment of a light infantry division in a peacetime contingency scenario? The factors that led to division's creation, along with its unique characteristics, are examined. The range of appropriate scenarios and the implications of THE joint command structure, are considered as components of the environment. Two historical examples of peacetime contingency operations (American intervention in Lebanon in 1958 and the Dominican Republic in 1965) are also examined. The intent is to identify a historical perspective to compare with current perceptions described in earlier sections.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY, *DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *CRISIS MANAGEMENT, SCENARIOS, MILITARY PLANNING, PEACETIME, HISTORY, LEBANON, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE