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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

"For a Pioneer nation like America, built on exploration and a seemingly endless frontier, the romance of expeditions is part of our national psyche. The term "Expeditionary Force" sounds cool, as it evokes feelings of adventure and risk-taking in far-away places. Expeditionary forces are comprised of tough, competent men who travel light in remote areas, and rely on their wits to survive and win in unfamiliar environments. Thus, it's only natural we want to call everything our military does abroad an "Expeditionary Force."…"
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arealdeadone15 Feb 2020 5:28 p.m. PST

I think the author forgets that the US military is significantly smaller than it was in Vietnam. If you wtrip the Army of the Airborne Corps it has lost a large chunk of its fighting force and it's rapid reaction ability in a high end conventional war.

The US Army has a mere 10 active divisions and 8 ANG divisions. Stripping off (plis one extra dividional HQ wiyh no assigned units) airborne corps out of pool for dedicated expeditionary force would strip 4 regular divisions out of 10.

The US doesn't have the capacity to maintain field armies either and most exercises these days are at brigade level or lower, not divisional and let alone corps level.

And don't expect Europe to chip in these days. Most European countries struggle to deploy a single reinforced batallion (even Germany over last few years) due to equipment shortfalls.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 3:53 p.m. PST



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