Accession Number : ADA326580

Title :   National Guard Enhanced Readiness Brigades: The Achilles Heel of Our National Military Strategy and What To Do About It.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Gross, Thomas M.

PDF Url : ADA326580

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The warfighting readiness of the Army National Guard combat brigades (enhanced brigades) is more critical today than ever before. Changing defense needs due to the end of the cold war and budgetary constraints have increased reliance on enhanced brigades and on their ability to deploy within 90 days of mobilization to any number of regional conflicts. However, deficiencies noted during the brigades' mobilization for the Persian Gulf War raised questions about the time to be ready to deploy and training strategies. Is the dependence on the National Guard enhanced brigades to deploy to a theater trained and ready within 90 days of mobilization a sound strategy? This study assesses the capability of the enhanced brigades to meet this requirement, and offers recommendations to enhance their readiness posture. The implementation of these recommendations leads to systemic changes and better integration among all the components to insure the enhanced brigades are truly the nations strategic insurance.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL GUARD, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, MOBILIZATION, OPERATIONAL READINESS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, CONFLICT, NATIONAL DEFENSE, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE