Several years ago the U.S. Army recognized the need for light, rapidly deployable forces. The force structure of the light forces was designed to create a force capable of fighting in a low- or mid-intensity conflict against a non-mechanized force. Like their counterparts of WWII, the light infantry forces of today do not have large quantities of vehicles or armored fighting systems to engage heavily armored forces.
The realities of modern warfare make it entirely probable that, much like their fellow infantrymen at Tobruk, light forces will have to fight battles against foes that they were not designed to fight. Today, as in World War II, light and heavy forces must be prepared to fight and win alongside each other in a high- or mid-intensity conflict.
Training exercises around the globe and unit rotations at the combat training centers have provided us with valuable lessons on how to best employ light infantry forces with mechanized or armored force in mid- and high-intensity conflicts against heavily armored forces. The lessons learned from yesterday and today will provide the difference between success and failure on the battlefield of tomorrow.
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