Accession Number : ADA191784

Title :   How much is Enough? The Requirement for Increased Infantry Dismount Strength in Heavy Divisions,

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

Personal Author(s) : Brisson, Douglas D

PDF Url : ADA191784

Report Date : 04 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The reliance on technology to replace manpower is a dominant aspect in the development of U.S. Army force structure and organization. The decreasing numbers of infantry dismounts in U.S. heavy divisions, especially under the Army of Excellence AOEs, is one symptom of this approach. However, has the capability of the division been degraded as a result of diminishing the human portion of combined arms? This monograph examines the impact of decreased infantry strength on the effectiveness of a heavy division. This monograph relies on five sources to gain data in order to evaluate this issued. The sources are theory, historical examples, current U.S. doctrine and force structure, the structure of other nations' heavy divisions, and casualty loss planning data. This information is then measured against four criteria that relate to the ability to accomplish a mission. The criteria are, in essence, combined arms warfare capability, sufficient strength to perform tactical missions, staying power, and doctrinal consistency with Airland Battle.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY, ARMY, CASUALTIES, LOSSES, MANPOWER, MISSIONS, PLANNING, STRENGTH(GENERAL), TACTICAL WARFARE, WARFARE, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE