Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 94

The Use of the Reconnaissance Squadron during Joint Forcible Entry Capt. Mike Mobbs, U.S. Army A rguably, there is no greater commitment of U.S. military resources than an invasion of a sovereign country. Known as joint forcible entry, this type of operation aims to “seize and hold lodgments against armed opposition.”1 A lodgment may be a beachhead, an airfield, or anything that allows for “the continuous landing of troops and 92 materiel,” and that provides “maneuver space for subsequent operations.”2 There are several methods for delivering the invasion force—amphibious landing, air assault, ground, or airborne assault—and each can be used in various combinations as the situation requires. Of these options, only airborne assault provides national command March-April 2016  MILITARY REVIEW