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Light Recon Strike Groups (LRSG) Briefing M

Light Recon Strike Groups (LRSG) Briefing M

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The Past as Prologue: Understanding Why There Was NoAmerican Blitzkrieg in 1942
The Current Inter-War Period: Where to from here?
Transforming Army Ground Forces: What Does TransformationReally Mean?
The Path to Change: New Joint Operational Concepts
What is the LRSG Organizational Concept?
Concepts for Transformation fromBreaking the Phalanx: A Briefing forThe Raytheon Corporation
Briefing Outline
Presented by Colonel Douglas A. Macgregor, US Army
Why Was there No American Blitzkrieg in1942?
In a period of fiscal constraint, and in the absence of compellingthreats, the Army between 1919 and 1939:
Focused on traditional roles—re-fought the last “successful”war or, in the British Case, the Empire - constabulary force
Tried to advance the Single Service way of fighting
Endeavored to preserve status quo
Fought for budget share
Tinkered on the margins - no real innovation
Experimented with the familiar
Until recently promoted BG George Marshall became Chief of Staff, the top leadership cloned itself—those who did notconform vanished!
Would More $ Have Made a Difference?
Traditional view
: Tight budgets and Congressional/publicapathy responsible for Army not being ready for World WarII
 Another view
: Congress was disinterested in what washappening inside the Army and fiscal constraints weresignificant, but given the institutional realities in the interwarU.S. Army, it is likely that:
The Ground Army would have pressed to fill personnelauthorizations and fought for more end strength
The Air Army would have built more bombers andbomber formations
Intellectual—not exclusively fiscal—deficits wereresponsible for the state of the U.S. Army in 1941.

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