Accession Number : ADA288861

Title :   Infantry Behind the Lines-Still a Viable Concept?

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : McMahon, Mike

PDF Url : ADA288861

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This monograph addresses the viability of the use of infantry forces in the deep interdiction role, given the recent revisions to Army doctrine. A review of the historical use of infantry forces in the deep interdiction role shows that infantry forces can have significant operational effects, though at high cost. This monograph presents a theory that postulates that the most effective employment of infantry forces in the deep role is as the synchronizer of the deep effort against the enemy command and control system. While consistent with the new emphasis on synchronization of the simultaneous application 0 force throughout the depth of the enemy, there are significant coordination challenges that can not be effectively met. Most significant are the lack of sufficient long-range communications systems, a shortage of terminal guidance equipment, and severe shortfalls in the area of medical support. The fundamental conclusion of the paper is that infantry forces should be used in the deep interdiction role only as a last resort. Several recommendations are made to enable commanders to use infantry in this role in the future.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY, *INTERDICTION, *ARMY OPERATIONS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, ENEMY, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY TACTICS, PLATOON LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE