port to take these forces to where they are needed, and the air and sea power to support them when they get there.
The ground forces needed are a total of eight divisions: one armored, two mechanized, one air assault, and one airborne division in the Army, and three Marine divisions to perform the tasks of light divisions. For the Air Force the current force structure seems right, except that there is a very real need for an intercontinental cargo plane, like the C-17, that can land on small, austere airfields near the battle zone. If the problems of the G-17s are too great to be fixed, a completely new long-range cargo plane must be designed and built. For the Navy the total number carrier groups, each consisting of an aircraft carrier and its supporting ships, can be reduced from eleven to nine. However, to support the Rapid Deployment Force properly, the Navy may well have to add more roll-on, roll-off fast sealift squadrons. Finally, both the Air Force and the Navy should be equipped, as current planning provides, with an ample supply of the newer cruise missiles with highly accurate guidance systems. 8