Security Cooperation Brigades

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Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. in the “The Military’s New Hybrid Warriors” suggests that splitting the U.S. Army into two separate distinct types of units, one for conventional warfare and one for stabilization operations, would better prepare our unit for future conflicts. The creation of dedicated “Security Cooperation Brigades” are unnecessary and will degrade the U.S. Army’s ability to wage full spectrum operations and defeat future threats. The splitting of the Army is not necessary because of the idea of “Full Spectrum Operations” allowing our unit to train and prepare themselves to work in numerous types of environments. The current manning policies of the U.S. Army cannot afford the creation of these units. Historically units prepared for only stabilization duties were not prepared to face conventional forces The U.S. Army understands the challenges we will face in the future. Our Soldiers have to be prepared to face a myriad of different types of threats and challenges in the future. Our Soldier can easily go from fighting in a large-scale conflict to handing out soccer balls not only in the span of a 20-year career but also in a matter of days depending on the situation they find themselves. The U.S. Army’s concept of “Full Spectrum Operations” balances the principles of offensive, defensive and stability operations to prepare our Soldiers to be adaptive to the threat and environment they are working in. This operational mindset helps create the ability in Soldiers to plan, train for and conduct missions in numerous environments. This type of dexterity is what we expect to see in our future threats, the concept of the “Hybrid Threat” as outlined in Freedberg’s article. The North Vietnamese Army’s abilit... ... middle of paper ... ...fty Years by a Participant”, Japan Policy Research Institute at the University of San Francisco for the Pacific Rim, Occasional Paper 29, February 2003. Spencer Tucker, Fact Sheet Task Force Smith, New Jersey Korean War Memorial online at accessed on 19 August 2011. Ibid. T.R. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War (New York: MacMillan, 1963; reprint, Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 1994), 66 Timothy M. Karcher, “The Victory Disease” Military Review (July-August 2003) online at accessed on 18 August 2011 Ibid. Sydney J. Freedberg Jr, “The Military’s New Hybrid Warriors” National Journal, (March 1974); reprinted in US Army Command and General Staff College, C100 Foundations Student Issue Advance Book (Fort Leavenworth USACGSC, August 2011), 37.
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