Rapid Deployment Force

A rapid deployment force (RDF) is typically configured as an elite body of troops that is designed to move greater distances in shorter times than their counterparts in traditional armed forces. Because of time-distance considerations, such a force will likely be composed of light infantry, airborne or air mobile troops, and a mix of Special Forces, with little organic air, armor, or artillery support. To remain in action for very long, the force will require quick resupply and reinforcement. This entry describes the evolution of U.S. RDFs and looks at variations of the RDF concept worldwide.

The concept of a light force capable of agile and rapid employment is not unique to modern times. But the notion of rapid deployment over great distances came of age ...

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