29 Feb '16, 9pm

Does the Army need airborne?

Macgregor agrees with Scales on the futility of expensive amphibious assault, an incursion technique that saw its last major use at Inchon during the Korean War. But that doesn’t make mass airborne operations useful in his eyes. His analysis is rooted in his general beliefs regarding the structure of the Army: he sees divisions as relics of 1940s force structures bloated with layers of unnecessary non-combat elements, and said the future of the Army is in decisive, long-range force, surveillance and intelligence, and heavy armor. That is what he says allies need and request most from the U.S., much more so than manpower and light infantry. He described Iraq and Afghanistan not as “wars,” but as “colonial expeditions” of questionable utility. (“You don’t fight wars from forward operating bases with Motel 6 accommodations,” he said).

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2016/02/29/does-a...

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