Accession Number : ADA284315

Title :   Requiem for a Heavyweight? Mid-Intensity Conflict and the Army's Ability to Fight and Win the Nation's Operations Other Than War,

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

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, David S.

Report Date : 16 MAY 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This monograph addresses the question of whether the U.S. Army can fight and win the nation's wars when those wars bear little or no resemblance to World War II. The question isolates a problem America's military has faced several times since World War II and is increasingly likely to face again: how to obtain clear, recognizable victory in low intensity conflict and operations other than war. The monograph is a comparative analysis of the different types of war and uses the following as case studies: the low-intensity conflict in Korea (1966-1969), Operation Just Cause, and Operation Desert Storm. It analyzes those conflicts to determine why the U.S. Army continues to emphasize mid-intensity, mechanized warfare at the expense of developing coherent doctrine and skills needed to combat low-intensity threats. The monograph the examines the nature of emerging threats from the Third World and analyzes possible U.S. responses. The result is an evaluation of how and why the U.S. is still committed to fighting its wars in a style reminiscent of World War II and a determination of the effectiveness of the doctrine to guide operations in mid- and low-intensity conflicts. Finally, it assesses current U.S. Army capabilities to meet future Third World threats.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *FORECASTING, ARMY, CASE STUDIES, CONFLICT, DETERMINATION, DOCTRINE, KOREA, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, ARMY OPERATIONS, THREATS, WARFARE, MILITARY HISTORY, THREAT EVALUATION, MILITARY OPERATIONS, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Government and Political Science
      Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE