Accession Number : ADA309927

Title :   'Quasi-War' Training Infantry Small Units for Operations other than War.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Beech, Michael F.

PDF Url : ADA309927

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This monograph examines whether infantry small units, trained and equipped solely for war, can successfully conduct operations other than war (OOTW). Many military professionals argue that units trained for war can readily adapt to OOTW. Yet, other professional soldiers and military experts believe that OOTW requires unique capabilities which normal war fighting training alone does not provide. The trend toward ethnic and regional unrest has characterized the world security environment since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As a result, the number and frequency of peacekeeping and other OOTW in recent history has increased. In light of these changes and emerging US Army peacekeeping doctrine the issue of training units for OOTW missions has gained in importance. Initially the monograph describes both the arguments for, and against, training units specifically for OOTW, and describes US Army OOTW and training doctrine. The monograph examines selected small unit actions in four separate OOTW from 1989 to 1995. The case studies include operations Just Cause (Panama), Restore Hope and UNOSOM II (Somalia), Able Sentry (Macedonia), and Restore Democracy (Haiti). Infantry rifle company, platoon, and squad actions in these historical examples provide the data for the analysis to determine if training units for war adequately prepared them for OOTW. Examination of the case studies includes comparisons between the unit's war-time training, changes to their normal training in preparation for the operation, and the actual tactics the units used to accomplish their mission. The monograph examines the unit's training and analyzes the impact of that training on the unit's ability to successfully accomplish its mission.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *INFANTRY, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *PEACEKEEPING, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, LESSONS LEARNED, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, LEADERSHIP, SKILLS, THREATS, ARMY PERSONNEL, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), CASE STUDIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, CONFLICT, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, MILITARY TACTICS, COMBAT FORCES, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE