Accession Number : ADA324392

Title :   Force Selection for Obtaining Lodgment in a MOOTW Environment.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Montgomery, Paul J.

PDF Url : ADA324392

Report Date : 15 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Securing lodgment at an airfield in an environment where it is uncertain whether the introduction of military forces will be opposed during a military operation other than war poses a difficult problem for planners of military operations. Forcible entry is a combat mission to wrest control of a lodgment site from an opposing force. These operations use the principles of mass, surprise and overwhelming combat power to secure the point of entry and facilitate the rapid introduction of additional military forces. Unopposed entry to an airfield to secure lodgment can be achieved less aggressively with less provocative means. Landing a security force at the airfield appears benign compared to either airborne assault or air assault techniques. However, in an uncertain environment, the tension between security of the force, restraint and legitimacy provides operational planners a problem in risk management. The method selected for insertion of the entry force telegraphs the intent of the mission, whether combat, peace enforcement, or peacekeeping.

Descriptors :   *CONTROL, *ASSAULT, *MISSIONS, *ACCESS, *LANDING FIELDS, *MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, NATIONAL SECURITY, RISK, MANAGEMENT, PEACETIME, MASS, AIRBORNE, AIR STRIKES, ENEMY, SELECTION, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE