Once again the Army War College is proving it is the mental midget of the Senior Service Colleges (that is saying a lot as the Air War College is considered a gentleman’s school for aspiring USAF GOs). It released a report which recommended two thing that I find plainly stupid.
- It recommended that the ARNG be focused on COIN only. Lovely idea since the Active Component does not want anything to do COIN. Of course it begs the question what is our strategic depth if the AC gets its ass handed to it. (Of course this will never happen as we are the greatest Army in the world, just ask us and we will tell you.) Second if COIN is so damn important why doesn’t the AC want to do it?
- It recommends getting rid of the Army Service Component Commands. Having served in an organizations that are now called ASCCs since 2000 I can tell these wishful Warfighters a couple of things. Get rid ASCC or as I like to refer to them Theater Army, great, but the Corps you put there will have to look a lot like the structure of a Theater Army. Someone has to provide Army Title 10 to troops in Theater and I don’t care what you call it, an Army, a Corps, or a Legion it is going to have that mission. They clearly have never served in a Theater Army so they don’t know what they are talking about.
I haven’t finished reading the report but when I do I will have more to say.