Regionally Aligned Forces: Do They Provide Adequate Warfighting Function Protection

  • Colonel Anthony J. Healey

Army leaders are considering a regional alignment of U.S. military forces to support the Geographic Combatant Commanders in their conduct of theater operations. This SRP assesses the viability of the Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno’s new concept of Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF). It focuses on the single Warfighting of Protection, using the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, and Facility (DOTMLPF) problem solving construct as an analytical tool. It concludes with recommendations to ensure the RAF is employed with adequate Protection.