Another Look at the Readiness of Strategic Army Forces (Unclassified Digest)

LCD-76-457: Published: Jun 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1977.

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The Army maintains strategic units in the United States which are to be constantly available on short notice for deployment in an emergency, either to reinforce and support forces stationed overseas or to be deployed elsewhere to support national commitments.

It is doubtful that the strategic Army forces could deploy quickly and in a fully combat ready condition. Much of the forces' combat essential equipment was not kept up, although it was reported to be. As a result, a considerable amount of maintenance would be required in a deployment to make it combat ready. Funding problems continue to constrain maintenance and training programs. Shortages in the stock of repair parts still exist and personnel and training problems persist. Revisions in the criteria for reporting personnel and training readiness are needed. Planning for contingency deployments needs to be improved and strengthened. During 1970-71, the diversion of resources, funds, equipment, and personnel to South Vietnam contributed to the low readiness of the strategic divisions existent then.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Army should consider the following alternatives: reducing the strategic forces to the number of divisions that could be equipped, staffed, and supported with the resources available; and retaining existing divisions but concentrating the available personnel in selected organizational components that would be kept fully ready. The Secretary of the Army should require that resources needed to deploy strategic force units be compared to the availability and capabilities of existing transportation assets and should adjust deployment plans accordingly.

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