Accession Number : ADA309689

Title :   Training the Way We Fight... Are Tactical Units Prepared for Post Conflict Operations?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Metz, John M.

PDF Url : ADA309689

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : This monograph examines the role of maneuver brigades in post conflict operations. Tactical combat units are increasingly expected to support both the combat as well as the post conflict phase of contingency operations. With limited resources, most brigades cannot manage to train to their METL much less post conflict tasks. Four case studies illustrate tactical unit performance in post conflict operations. Each case study is assessed in terms of four criteria: preparatory training, force tailoring, rules of engagement, and transition operations. A review of current and future post conflict doctrine establishes a foundation for developing criteria and assessing case studies. Most discussion concerning post conflict operations occurs in the joint and operational level army literature. Not until the recent publication of the U.S. Army's Field Manual 7-30, does any tactical level doctrinal literature address post conflict. Four case studies (Operations POWER PACK, JUST CAUSE, PROVIDE COMFORT, and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY) offer illustrations of tactical combat units performing post conflict operations. The first two studies show what usually happens to units that assume post conflict tasks with little or no preparation. The second two contrast the first two by illustrating what units can accomplish when given advance warning of an impending post conflict mission. The monograph's final section offers conclusions and recommendations for commanders and operations officers. An analysis of each case study is given with respect to the tactical unit leaders ability to learn, anticipate, and adapt to these complex situations. The four evaluation criteria provide the basis for recommendations that commanders and staff officers can use when preparing units for possible post conflict missions.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT READINESS, *BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *TACTICAL WARFARE, TEST AND EVALUATION, EMERGENCIES, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY DOCTRINE, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), CASE STUDIES, MISSIONS, POWER SUPPLIES, RESOURCES, CONFLICT, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, TRANSITIONS, MANEUVERS, OFFICER PERSONNEL, ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE