THIS BOOK AND THE WORK IT REPRESENTS were made possible by the collaborative efforts of
many persons. The authors wish to thank the following sponsors of the research who
shared their visions of where light forces should go: Dr. A. Fenner Milton, formerly with
the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development, and Acquisition; MG Paul Von Kaenel, formerly with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff
(Army) for Operations and Plans; Dr. Donald Latham, GEN(R) David Maddox,
MG(R) Jasper Welch, and Dr. Theodore Gold, with the Defense Science Board; MG
Robert Scales, formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff for Doctrine and now at the Army
War College; and Dr. David Whelan, Director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office.
Others who contributed to the research include Mr. Walter Hollis, the Deputy
Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research; Dr. Michael Andrews, the
Chief Scientist of Research and Technology in ASA(ALT); Dr. John Parmentola, formerly the Director of Technology in ASA(ALT); BG(R) Huba Wass de Czege and
COL Steve Kirin at TRAC; COL Daniel Bourgoine at TRADOC; COL Karl Horst and
COL Leo Brooks with the XVIII Airborne Corps; LTC Burt Mizusawa in the Office of
the Secretary of the Army. We would also like to acknowledge the many discussions and
interactions provided by the following organizations: the Armed Forces Staff College,
the Army War College, the Army Science Board, ASA(ALT), the Defense Science
Board, USD(A&T), and U.S. Army TRAC and TRADOC.
The authors had widespread research support over the past few years within
RAND as well. Dr. Kenneth Horn, director of the Force Development and Technology
Program in the RAND Arroyo Center, provided overarching guidance for the research. Dr. Eugene Gritton, director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center
in the National Security Research Division, was instrumental in developing ties with
DARPA and guiding research dealing with OSD issues. Keith Brendley, former RAND
researcher, helped formulate many of the early concepts embodied in the rapid force
projection work. The modeling and simulation team at RAND, comprising Scot Eisenhard, Gail Halverson, Phyllis Kantar, Bill Sollfrey, and Angela Stich, helped to develop
new capabilities and tools for representing advanced systems and performed numerous
analytic studies. Many different Army fellows stationed at RAND made substantial contributions to the work, including COL Kemp Littlefield, COL Eduardo Cardenas, LTC
Donald Hinton, LTC Mark Lees, LTC Ernst Isensee, and MAJ Steven Strukel. The authors
also had numerous useful discussions on rapid-reaction capability with Terry Covington, James Chow, Jon Grossman, John Pinder, and many other colleagues at RAND.
To help produce this book we would like to thank the following individuals. June
Kobashigawa helped with the assembly of the manuscript. Donna Betancourt helped us
overcome the many administrative hurdles. Ron Miller, Pete Soriano, Barbara Angell,
and Mary Wrazen provided artwork and design. Nikki Shacklett provided the editing.
We would especially like to thank our reviewers, Mr. James Quinlivan, former Director of the Arroyo Center, and Dr. Walter Perry, who added both style and substance to
the final product. Finally, the authors collectively would like to thank their families for
their unyielding understanding and support. Without this, the research that went into
this book would not have been possible.