Airborne Division Tactical Employment Considerations.
In meeting its
mission, there are a number of considerations to take into account when
employing an airborne division. While we cannot possibly cover all of the
considerations, there are three points that require discussion. These three
points are as follows:
The airborne division participates in joint operations more often
than any other type force in the Army of Excellence.
Normally, nine infantry battalions are assigned to an airborne
division. Three or five battalions may be assigned to a separate
Once inserted, air dropped or airlanded,
They are similar because they are then footmobile.
Airborne infantry can conduct a show of force or act as a
The airborne division can move great
distances quickly to seize key terrain deep in the enemy's rear.
A prerequisite for a successful airborne operation is the ability
to reinforce and resupply the unit either by air or by rapid
ground advance to effect linkup.
Note that the airborne division, in terms of its mission and employment, is
a rapidly deployable force of the Army of Excellence.
It enhances our
capacity as a fighting force to impact on geo-strategic events as they
arise. Next, we will consider the capabilities of the airborne division.
Capabilities of the Airborne Division
As a unique fighting force of the Army of Excellence, the airborne division
possesses a number of capabilities.
Listed below are those considered as
Strategic deployment on short notice.
Achieving tactical surprise because of its worldwide, all-weather
Conducting airborne or air assault operations (parachute and/or
Closing with the enemy and destroying or capturing
utilizing firepower, maneuver, and close combat.
Acting alone or as a part of a larger force.
Conducting sustained, conventional, and ground combat operations
when augmented with ground transportation, fire support, and