Friday, February 24, 2012

Regionally Aligned Brigades (RABs) of the U.S. Army

A new concept, called Regionally Aligned Brigades or RABs, is being introduced into the Army.  The U.S. Army is going to become lighter, faster, and more flexible in the future.  The Brigade Combat Teams or BCTs will have a third maneuver battalion added to its force structure.  This change is all in conjunction with the reduction in the total number of BCTs and the withdrawal of two BCTs from Europe.  The RABs will deploy more often but in smaller groups - sometimes working in conjunction with special operations forces that are deploying to the same area.  For more info on this topic see "Army Eyes Deeper Brigade Combat Team Cuts, Odierno Says", by Carlo Munoz, Defense, February 24, 2012.

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