Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 96

fully integrating the reconnaissance squadron into the joint fight during a forcible entry operation. According to current practice, the reconnaissance squadron conducts an airborne assault without the majority of its vehicles—that is, during the assault phase of a forcible entry. The squadron relies on those vehicles to arrive later, on “heavy-drop” parachute platforms or on aircraft that land after an airhead is secure. Because the squadron is task-organized with two mounted troops and one dismounted reconnaissance troop, essentially two-thirds of the squadron’s combat power is unavailable during initial combat operations. This practice deprives the ground force commander of a unique asset. By design, the reconnaissance squadron can quickly reconnoiter more ar XB