Engineer Company Force Structure 'Force Modularization' in Support of Decisive Action. Does the Corps of Engineers Need to Re-structure Engineer Construction Companies Again in Order to Support Decisive Actions?   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the thesis abstract: "Decisive action of the United States Army places additional weight on construction units particularly in support of construction missions during offensive, defensive, stability or defense civil support authority (DCSA) operations, yet organic engineer capabilities have been reduced in the current and future company structure. The author will examine the past, present and future engineer construction companies in support of unified land operations with emphasis on decisive action. This thesis will examine three different types of engineer units; the first unit is Legacy Construction Company (under FORCE XXI model), EAB [Echelon Above Brigade] modularity for construction companies broken down in two different formations (vertical and horizontal companies) and construction support company organization within the Brigade Combat Team Engineer organization. An additional focus will examine the capabilities that exist within Engineer construction companies, what responsibilities relies on these units in order to provide support of mobility, counter mobility, survivability and general engineering. The modularity within construction companies offers limited construction framework for Maneuver or support elements. The author examines current Army Universal Task Lists (AUTL) for each organization, review the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLFP) impacts as new structures develops and how units deployed in support of Decisive Actions converts to the old model in order to work efficiently. The author also recommends a third vertical platoon within the construction company inside the BEB [Brigade Combat Team Engineer Battalion], if changes are not implemented within the Echelon above Brigade Engineer units."

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