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How the U.S. can rectify organizational and managerial difficulties to maximise its army effectiveness.

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The services have always had one form or another of “tiered” readiness. For example, in the Army, the XVIIIth Airborne Corps is expected to be able to go to war far more quickly than an Army National Guard division. “First to fight” units receive a higher priority for equipment and personnel than do units that are designated as later deployers. The Navy and Marine Corps have an elaborate cyclical program for the readiness of their carrier battle groups and their Marine expeditionary units, based largely on the demands of peacetime global presence deployments.

But if not, then sustained increases to the services’ modernization and acquisition accounts will have to be made by the new administration and the Congress. Other aspects to readiness also require attention. Peacekeeping and humanitarian operations place a disproportionate demand on some “low-density” specialties (those we do not have in great numbers). This is particularly true of EA-6B electronic warfare aircraft, Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft, U-2 highaltitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, and the Army’s Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations units.

C. : National Defense University Press, 1999). ” cutting-edge technology Today, the United States is the leader in integrating the latest information-age technologies into our weapons platforms and systems (as Chapter 3 by Victor DeMarines details). This has given us unmatched battle-space awareness and an equally unmatched ability to gather, analyze, and distribute vast amounts of information to nearly everyone on the battlefield who might need it. We can strike from great distances day and night, in almost any weather, with far greater precision than was thought possible even during DESERT STORM.

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