Managing a Globally Engaged Army: ARFORGEN and Regionally Aligned Forces

  • Colonel Robert A. Dawson

This research paper examines the impact of the United States Army’s Regional Alignment of Forces (RAF) Policy on the Army’s ability to generate trained and ready forces through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process, and impact on the six geographic combatant commands. Regional alignment of forces provides combatant commands with Army units prepared for employment across the range of military operations specific to a geographic region of the world. Maintaining the Army Force Generation process allows the Army to prioritize resources and manage readiness for Army operating units supporting regionally aligned and contingency missions. However, refining both the Regional Aligned Force and Army Force Generation policies allows the Army to better prepare and manage Army forces for combatant command employment. Twelve policy recommendations are provided to enhance Regionally Aligned Force and Army Force Generation policies within the doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership and education, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) construct.