Ground Forces for a Rapidly Employable Joint Task Force

First-Week Capabilities for Short-Warning Conflicts

by Eugene C. Gritton, Paul K. Davis, Randall Steeb, John Matsumura

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This monograph is a "think piece" about rapidly deployable future ground forces that would be used in time-urgent joint-task-force missions. The authors sketch out what is needed operationally, describe forces responsive to those needs, and discuss the feasibility of achieving such forces-first with near-term systems but new operational concepts, and then, for the longer term, by drawing upon advanced technology.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Operational Concept

  • Chapter Three

    Enabling Technologies

  • Chapter Four

    Analysis

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Background Data on Systems and Air Force Components

  • Appendix B

    Background Data on Unit Lift Requirements

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