Accession Number : ADA312167

Title :   Implications for the Ten Division Army: Selective Engagement or Managed Chaos.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, James K.

PDF Url : ADA312167

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Events in the early l99Os (namely the Berlin Wall coming down, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and the failed Soviet coup attempt) forced the Department of Defense (DoD) to reassess its strategies, plans, and programs. Then Secretary of Defense Les Aspin initiated an in-depth analysis of DoD from the 'bottom-up' to determine the future strategy direction, assess potential threats, tailor a force package accordingly, and develop a modernization timeline to equip said force package. The downsized Army of ten divisions was tailored to support the National Military Strategy (NMS) objectives of thwarting aggression and promoting stability. This work examines whether this force structure can support the U.S. Army's NMS or if it merely performs per a political budget. The central theme asks the question: is the U.S. Army's force structure based on military strategy or based on a budgetary ceiling (headed downward)?

Descriptors :   *DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *MILITARY DOWNSIZING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IRAQ, KUWAIT, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, STRATEGY, THREATS, BUDGETS, ARMY, BERLIN.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE