Accession Number : ADA308668

Title :   Contingency Operations are They Viable Missions for the Army Reserve?

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Robinett, Jon H.

PDF Url : ADA308668

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The demise of the Soviet Union has drastically changed the international security environment for the United States. Threats to our national security continue but are far more uncertain. Since the Soviet Union's demise, the United States's military has undergone a gradual drawdown. When coupled with seemingly unending requirements to participate in contingency operations, it would seem appropriate that the nation begin to examine better methods of employing its Reserve Forces. First, however, decisions must be made as to when, how and if Reserve Forces will be utilized. Currently, they are beginning to gain more roles in the area of contingency operations. Are Reservists prepared to participate in these operations? Do contingency operations prepare them for other missions which may require even greater skills? Are there any benefits to Reserve participation? This study explores the growth of Reserve Forces and their ability to operate within the contingency operation environment. It argues that contingency operations are suited to Reserve Forces and, that given the opportunity to do so, they perform missions equally as well as their Active Duty counterparts.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY RESERVES, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *COMBAT READINESS, *MISSIONS, USSR, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCIES, PREPARATION, THREATS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, GROWTH(GENERAL), VIABILITY, ACTIVE DUTY, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE