Turning Light Forces into Heavy Hitters

New Technologies for U.S. Rapid Reaction Missions

by Randall Steeb

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This research brief describes work documented in Rapid Force Projection: Exploring New Technology Concepts for Light Airborne Forces (DB-168-A/OSD) and Rapid Force Projection Technologies: A Quick-Look Analysis of Advanced Light Indirect Fire Systems (DB-169-A/OSD).

Excerpt: In recent years, light, rapid-reaction forces have become a staple of U.S. military strategy and planning. Rather than defending predetermined territories with large, prepositioned forces, current U.S. plans call for quick and decisive deployments of lightly armed forces into locations of potential or actual hostilities.

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