Accession Number : ADA307057

Title :   The Organization and Training of Joint Task Forces.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Walker, Daniel R.

PDF Url : ADA307057

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The United States continues to challenge its military forces to provide maximum capability with minimum resources. In order to meet that challenge effectively, the US must take full advantage of the synergy provided by the unified action of joint forces. Those forces are employed in a wide variety of missions that change during development and execution. Formation of the joint task force (JTF) is one of several options to organize our military forces. This thesis examines the organization, training, doctrine, and experience of joint task forces within each of the five geographically tasked unified commands. This thesis compares JTF operations in Somalia, Haiti, Panama, Northern Iraq, and Hawaii along with current unified command plans for organizing and training JTFs. US Atlantic Command plans are described in detail because of this command's role as a joint force integrator. This thesis notes that most commands build a JTF core from a subordinate component headquarters augmented by joint specialists from the unified command headquarters and other service component resources. Unified commands choose the core headquarters based on ability to perform the specific mission and augment from other services appropriately. This thesis concludes that US armed forces are improving their ability to train and organize JTFs effectively. Continued improvement is required because current doctrine for training joint task forces is immature and the training programs implementing the doctrine are relatively new.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MILITARY TRAINING, *MILITARY PLANNING, IRAQ, MILITARY DOCTRINE, TASK FORCES, AUGMENTATION, THESES, MISSIONS, RESOURCES, INTEGRATORS, SOMALIA, SPECIALISTS, HAWAII, PANAMA, HAITI.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE