Accession Number : ADA272854

Title :   Conventional Forces in the Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Arena in Central and Army Helicopter Task Force Organization.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 1 Aug 92-4 Jun 93,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Duffy, Matthew J.

Report Date : 04 JUN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : This thesis reviews the historical background of humanitarian and peacekeeping (H/P) operations conducted by conventional helicopter forces in order to determine an appropriate base model for future helicopter support. Then, it analyzes current socio-political trends in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and relevant issues which shape US policy. The thesis incorporates the worldwide drawdown of forces into the analysis. The investigation draws several conclusions. First, the conduct of H/P operations is increasing. Second, America has vital interests in a stable CEE. Third, the dramatic drawdown of the US military and reduction in US forward presence means that future operations in Europe will be 'combined' - with forces from other nations. Fourth, force planning and organization can be improved. The recommended changes involve: determining helicopter equivalents to readily assemble combined helicopter forces to meet H/P mission requirements; augmentation of the corps Aviation Brigade staff upon notification of H/P mission tasking; standardization of equipment; and improving training for H/P missions. These changes can enhance the helicopter task force effectiveness in conducting H/P operations, thus ensuring the viability and success of these missions in a future era of reduced conventional helicopter resources and constrained military budgets. Peacekeeping, Humanitarian assistance, Central and Eastern Europe helicopter operations, Operations other than war, NATO, Somalia, Operation provide comfort, Yugoslavia, CIS.

Descriptors :   *HELICOPTERS, *COMBAT SUPPORT, *FOREIGN POLICY, AUGMENTATION, BACKGROUND, BUDGETS, EASTERN EUROPE, EUROPE, MILITARY BUDGETS, MISSIONS, MODELS, NATO, PLANNING, POLICIES, REDUCTION, SOMALIA, STANDARDIZATION, TASK FORCES, THESES, TRAINING, VIABILITY, YUGOSLAVIA, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, BALTIC COUNTRIES, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), USSR, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Helicopters
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE