31 Mar '13, 2pm

War Game Exposes Gaps for U.S. Army

WASHINGTON — A recent U.S. Army war game against a North Korea-like failed nuclear state with powerful ground forces has exposed some materiel capability gaps that deeply worry Army planners, service leaders said. After more than a decade of being able to use Kuwait as a staging area for Iraq and Afghanistan, officers worried that the ability to move into more remote areas without a nearby staging area has atrophied. Even more worrying is meeting the “anti-access/area denial” challenge presented by foes with missile and rocket standoff capabilities that would make any attempted forced entry a bloody affair. The answer, officers say, lies in a variety of solutions, from light airborne forces to mobile firepower to upgraded watercraft. The officers had taken part in the Army’s latest Unified Quest war game, and went over some of the game’s lessons with reporters during a day...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130331/DEFREG02/3033...

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