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  • Dagger on Point: Assessing the Regionally-Aligned Brigade

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    Colonel Kirk C. Dorr United States Army

    United States Army War College Class of 2013

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    In the spring of 2013, a brigade based out of Fort Riley, Kansas will begin a series of deployments to

    Africa to support Security Cooperation (SC) activities in support of United States Africa Command

    (AFRICOM). This is the first of several planned regionally aligned brigades (RAB) ultimately intended to

    support other Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs). Two follow-on RAB deployments are tentatively

    scheduled to support European and Pacific commands in 2014. Historically, special operations forces

    have conducted the majority of Department of Defense activities to train, advise, and assist partner nation

    security forces, whereas the involvement of general purpose forces has been more limited. As this first

    RAB prepares to support this new initiative, research into building partnership capacity suggests that,

    although substantial capabilities for this mission exist, elements of the Army’s Doctrine, Organization,

    Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) have not been fully

    optimized to set conditions for effective employment.

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    Regionally Aligned Forces, Regionally Aligned Brigades, Security Cooperation, Building Partner Capacity

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    Dagger on Point: Assessing the Regionally-Aligned Brigade

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    Colonel Kirk C. Dorr United States Army

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  • Abstract Title: Dagger on Point: Assessing the Regionally-Aligned Brigade Report Date: April 2013 Page Count: 34 Word Count: 5,732 Key Terms: Regionally Aligned Forces, Regionally Aligned Brigades, Security

    Cooperation, Building Partner Capacity Classification: Unclassified

    In the spring of 2013, a brigade based out of Fort Riley, Kansas will begin a series of

    deployments to Africa to support Security Cooperation (SC) activities in support of

    United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). This is the first of several planned

    regionally aligned brigades (RAB) ultimately intended to support other Geographic

    Combatant Commands (GCCs). Two follow-on RAB deployments are tentatively

    scheduled to support European and Pacific commands in 2014. Historically, special

    operations forces have conducted the majority of Department of Defense activities to

    train, advise, and assist partner nation security forces, whereas the involvement of

    general purpose forces has been more limited. As this first RAB prepares to support

    this new initiative, research into building partnership capacity suggests that, although

    substantial capabilities for this mission exist, elements of the Army’s Doctrine,

    Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities

    (DOTMLPF) have not been fully optimized to set conditions for effective employment.

  • Dagger on Point: Assessing the Regionally-Aligned Brigade

    In the spring of 2013, a brigade based out of Fort Riley, Kansas will begin a

    series of deployments to Africa to support Security Cooperation (SC) activities in

    support of United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).1 This is the first of several

    planned regionally aligned brigades (RAB) ultimately intended to support other

    Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs). Two follow-on RAB deployments are

    tentatively scheduled to support European and Pacific commands in 2014.2 Historically,

    special operations forces have conducted the majority of Department of Defense

    activities to train, advise, and assist partner nation security forces, whereas the

    involvement of general purpose forces has been more limited. As this first RAB

    prepares to support this new initiative, research into building partnership capacity

    suggests that, although substantial capabilities for this mission exist, elements of the

    Army’s Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel

    and Facilities (DOTMLPF) have not been fully optimized to set conditions for effective

    employment.

    With substantial force commitments in Iraq concluded and the deployments to

    Afghanistan drawing to a close, the Obama administration’s refocus to Asia and Africa

    are creating shifts in service priorities. Adding further complexity, the Army is facing

    fiscal uncertainty of reduced budgets and new questions about the service’s future role

    have emerged with the evolution of new defense strategies that appear to emphasize

    air and naval power over ground forces. To the unfocused observer, it may not be

    apparent that since 2010, our Army has already begun to implement significant changes

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    in the way it organizes and operates. Even though some of this change was stimulated

    by strategic g