Accession Number : ADA326318

Title :   The Tooth to Tail Ratio: Considerations for Future Army Force Structure.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Carter, John H., Jr

PDF Url : ADA326318

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : The time has come for the Army to adjust its combat to support force ratio, commonly referred to as the tooth to tail ratio (T3R). For the foreseeable future, Army resources will continue to shrink while the scope and number of missions will grow. The Army reduced or reorganized support forces as the primary means to cut force structure. These actions resulted in an imbalance in its T3R. The primacy of combat arms is conceded but, in the equation and execution of combat power, support forces are also essential. Revising the T3R and maintaining a credible and effective war fighting force are not mutually exclusive processes. Many opportunities for change exist. Reasonable expectations of what an increasingly complex and uncertain future holds both calls for change and makes it the right course of action for future Army force structure.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, RATIOS, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, ARMY.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE