OPERATIONAL LEVEL CHALLENGES OF ASSEMBLING MISSION SUFFICIENT COALITION FORCES
Challenges connected to the organization of coalition forces are well known in military history.
Some of them, like difficulties with logistics, interoperability, command relations, unity of effort, etc.
are inherited issues of any coalition. However, frequently some other much more artificial, thus manageable
issues occurs within coalition forces and this article is dedicated to discuss possible ways
of mitigation of these problems. Results of current not completely successful western led coalition
campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and similar on-going or future threats demand to re-think operational
level approaches of conduct of coalition warfare. The article surveys historical and emerging
problems and challenges of coalition forces and offers possible options to address these issues in
order to stimulate discussion on the subject. Following case studies are investigated as the examples
of typical problems of coalition forces: Western Allied Forces in WWII, Operation Desert Storm, Western
Coalition in Afghanistan, Georgian Infantry Battalions under US Marine RCTs (Regional Combat
Team) in ISAF (International Security Assistance Forces) mission