Transforming the Force: The 11th Air Assault Division Test From 1963 to 1965: The 11th Air Assault Division Test From 1963 to 1965 (Paperback)

Transforming the Force: The 11th Air Assault Division Test From 1963 to 1965: The 11th Air Assault Division Test From 1963 to 1965 By Thomas Graves, Strategic Studies Institute (U.S.) Cover Image
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This monograph will answer the question: Can the U.S. Army apply to the current “prototype brigade” the lessons that were learned during the development and experimentation of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test)? Having established that the criteria of DTLOMS (doctrine, training, leadership, organization, material, and soldier systems)  is a valuable tool for evaluating change in military systems, the next step is to apply those criteria to evaluate the changes that occurred in the formation of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) from 1963 to 1965. In order to accomplish this, a study of the separate elements of DTLOMS will be conducted in order to determine how the 11th Air Assault Division reorganized itself and conducted operations during that period. The benchmark for studying the elements of DTLOMS will be the use of air mobility during the Ia Drang campaign of November 1965.

     Specifically, this monograph will attempt to answer the following six questions:

     1. How did the division develop doctrine to support the transition to airmobile warfare?

     2. How did the division determine the proper organization to facilitate warfighting with the airmobile division?

     3. How did the division train leaders to support the new doctrine and organization?

     4. How did the division conduct field training to certify its soldiers and units in the new tactics?

     5. Did building a new force require any specific soldier skills; and if so, how were those skills cultivated?

     6. How did the division adopt and recommend changes to material and equipment to support the new methods of fighting?

Each of these questions addresses one aspect of the DTLOMS and will be used to measure change in the 11th Air Assault (Test) Division from the beginning in 1963 to the redesignation to the 1st Cavalry Division in 1965. Finally, this study will synthesize these changes and determine which lessons learned can be applied to ongoing experimentation in the U.S. Army of the 21st century.

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About the Author


THOMAS GRAVES is a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army and is currently assigned as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for Eighth Army in Yongsan, Korea. He has served on active duty for over 31 years. Originally commissioned from the United States Military Academy, he has commanded at multiple levels, to include Commander, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Hovey, Korea, as well as the Commander, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment in Friedberg, Germany. He has served in combat in Panama and Iraq, including 10 months as the Deputy Brigade Commander for 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Ramadi, Iraq, and 14 months as a battalion commander in Hit, Iraq. His most recent combat tour was 9 months in Kuwait and Erbil, Iraq, in 2015 during Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Other notable assignments include serving as: the Chief of Staff for 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Red Cloud, Korea; the Director of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe in Mons, Belgium; and Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. Brigadier General Graves holds a master's degree in education from McNeese State University, is a graduate of SAMS, and is a Class of 2008 graduate of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC).


Product Details
ISBN: 9781584877592
ISBN-10: 1584877596
Publisher: United States Department of Defense
Publication Date: July 19th, 2017
Pages: 73
Language: English

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