Accession Number : ADA289163

Title :   The Special Forces Group (Airborne); An Alternative Headquarters For Conducting Operations Other than War.

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

Personal Author(s) : Esarey, Clinton D.

PDF Url : ADA289163

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This monograph considers the suitability of a Special Forces Group (Airborne) headquarters to command and control Army maneuver and support forces across the breadth of operations other than war. The monograph accepts that the light infantry division headquarters embodies the Army's current doctrinal minimum-essential standards to command and control Army forces in operations other than war. Therefore, a comparative analysis of the doctrinal capabilities of a light infantry division and a Special Forces group headquarters leads to an informed and reasonable decision regarding suitability. The analysis begins with a comparison of low intensity conflict and operations other than war as it pertains to environmental characteristics and operational activities. This comparison of current doctrinal concepts reveals the critical factors for military success in operations other than war. These factors are the criteria for subsequent comparative analysis. The next step determines the doctrinal capabilities of both headquarters to conduct operations other than war. The monograph compares the doctrinal and organizational capabilities of both headquarters against the criteria to determine the suitability of each headquarters to execute operations other than war. The monograph ultimately compares the preceding analysis of the Special Forces Group (Airborne) headquarters against that of the light infantry division headquarters to reach a final decision.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *SPECIAL FORCES, *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, ENVIRONMENTS, DECISION MAKING, ARMY PERSONNEL, ARMY TRAINING, COMBAT SUPPORT, INFANTRY, COMPARISON, THEORY, AIRBORNE, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MANEUVERS, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE