Accession Number : ADA324374

Title :   Empty Battlefield XXI: Revolutionary Tactics for the Force XXI Light Infantry Unit.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Webb, Thomas D.

PDF Url : ADA324374

Report Date : 20 DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : Commander's have perennially used light infantry forces during the initial stages of strategic, operational, and tactical scenarios to quickly insert a credible combat force into the applicable area of operations. With the growing complexity of the threat spectrum, it is difficult for these units to maintain proficiency in the multitude of environments in which they may operate. The purpose of this dictum is to propose an organizational structure and doctrinally based tactics for the Force 21 Light Infantry unit. It is the author's contention that Light Infantry units, exploiting the advantages of highly dispersed formations, will emerge as an effective and lethal force of the 21st Century. Following several simple concepts that have been discussed and analyzed in the last 100 years, these forces will become the flagships of the US Army. They will emerge as the critical arm in mid and high intensity, armored conflicts. In addition, they will retain their ability to operate skillfully in lower intensity conflicts and operations other than war.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY, *BATTLE MANAGEMENT, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT READINESS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, BATTLEFIELDS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, INFANTRY PERSONNEL, ARMY OPERATIONS, COMBAT FORCES, MILITARY FORMATIONS, OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE