Air-Mech-Strike Book Cover and Afghan Lead-In v4.0
Asymmetric Maneuver Warfare for the 21st Century BG (R) David L. Grange BG (R) Huba Wass de Czege LTC Rich Liebert USAR MAJ Chuck Jarnot USA MAJ Al Huber USA LT Mike Sparks USAR Foreword by LTG Harold G. "Hal" Moore (Retired) Best-selling Author of "We were Soldiers Once and Young"
Air-Mech-StrikeAsymmetric Maneuver Warfare “Commander – What if you had the ability to?...” Strategically deploy your combat Brigade in 96 hours and your Division in 120. Project your force directly into the area of operations, negating anti-access initiatives by your enemy. Maneuver lethal, mobile and protected mechanized forces throughout your battlespace for positional advantage - at the right place, at the right time, with the right force mix. Take advantage of all terrain, optimizing the strengths of your heavy and light forces against enemy weakness -- Asymmetric Maneuver Warfare. Exercise greater agility over the enemy with the flexibility and rapid tempo of your force. Simultaneously strike your enemy from any direction. Brigadier General (R) David Grange Former Commander 1st Infantry Division Air-Land Para-Mech Helo-Mech “TANKER BOOTS AND PARACHUTES”
101st Air-Mech-Strike Division Air Assaults in Afghanistan All Data Open Source Uzbekistan 200Km Conventional125Km Conventional Helo Dismount ForceHelo AMS Vehicle Insert RadiusForce Insert Radius FOB Afghanistan400Km Compound HeloAMS Vehicle Force Insert 600Km CompoundRadius Helo Dismount Force Insert Radius Pakistan Compound Helicopters and AMS vehicles Expand Combat Reach
Air-Mech-Strike Forces Intervene in Afghanistan, 2010SITUATION: The United States conducts pre-emptive strikes in support of the electedgovernment of Afghanistan to eliminate re-emerged terrorists destabilizing the country.DEPLOYMENT:* C-Day (Deployment) the Army’s fleet of 50 leased commercial wide-body jets (Winged Army Pre-positioned Stocks -”Winged APS”), begin flying from airfields in the Southwest United States to a former Soviet Air Force Base, ISB (Initial Staging Base) in Uzbekistan. 50 aircraft are pre-loaded with a complete Air-Mech-Strike (AMS) Brigade set (300 AMS-Light “Ridgway” fighting vehicles) with vital supplies. On-call, Air Force reserve crews are federalized and fly the aircraft fleet to deliver the first Brigade set in 24 hours. Meeting objective force deployment goals of 120 hours, the aircraft cycle back to the U.S. and complete the delivery of the entire Air-Mech-Strike Division’s three Brigades vehicles, equipment and vital supplies for sustained operations.* 101st AMS Division’s 12,000 troops deploy by charter airliners to link-up to the Winged APS.* The Division’s 150 UH-60, 75 RAH-66 and 50 CH-47 fast compound helicopters self-deploy in 120 hours from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to the ISB in Uzbekistan. Aircraft arrive with only modest stress on the rotor systems requiring little additional maintenance before combat operations due to lift-providing wings unloading rotors for 200+ mph flight at reduced fuel rates.* Winged APS, self-deploying compound helicopters free scarce USAF fixed-wing aircraft so the 82nd Airborne Air-Mech-Strike Division with new technology AMS-Medium M113A3 “Gavin” fightin vehicles and AMS-Heavy M8 Armored 105mm Gun System light tanks parachute force-entry, seizing key cities, infrastructure nodes defeating terrorist forces with T-55/62 medium tanks. Afghan governmental control is restored, as the hunt for remaining terrorists continues...EMPLOYMENT:* 101st AMS Division combat operations begin on C+6. Special Operations Units and other Joint reconnaissance elements prepare the battlefield for Air Assault AMS operations against terrorist camps, supply caches and command & control sites.* AMS Brigade Combat Teams conduct air assaults against targets out to 400 kilometer radius using Ridgway AMSV-Lights with excellent over-snow, steep, rocky terrain mobility to transport infantry squads under armor protection. Selected Ridgway fighting vehicles render long-range 120mm high angle mortar fires to lay smoke to screen assaulting infantry, destroy point targets with guided projectiles, and cut-off fleeing terrorists. Supporting dismounted air assaults (to 600 kilometers) seize key terrain, cut communications, link-up with friendly forces to isolate terrorist camps.* Extended ranges via compound helicopters facilitate combat operations without refuel sites, additional security and/or wheeled ground convoy resupply requirements.Compound Reconnaissance-Attack helicopters provide responsive targeting throughout the area of operations.* “Screaming Eagle” and “All American” Air-Mech-Strike capabilities provide command authorities rapid, strategic deployable forces, operational flexibility and swift, decisive combat operations.