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Effectiveness, Combat

Combat effectiveness is the ability of a military force to sustain itself and adapt to a continuously changing theater to ensure the success of its mission. The sustainment of troop strength and equipment readiness is vital in maintaining a state of combat effectiveness. The modern battlefield is abstract and in a state of continuous evolution. Traditionally, the effectiveness of a military force has been measured by its ability to close with, engage, and destroy its enemy. While this is relevant still, the nature of battle has evolved greatly over the past 20 years. Eliminating the threat is no longer the isolated objective that determines the effectiveness of a force. Involvement in peacekeeping and counterinsurgency operations in the post-Vietnam era has tested the effectiveness of the ...

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