A Proposed South African Army Future Deployment Strategy Concept System: The Capstone Concept and the Operating Concept
This paper presents a philosophical and conceptual model to determine the South African (SA) Army’s approach to future operations and war. In the pursuit of understanding the SA Army deployment strategy, ‘how do we fight’, this paper suggests an experimental model comprised of two concepts, an SA Army Capstone Concept (SAACC) and an SA Army Future Operating Concept (SAAFOC). This model is benchmarked with the concepts applied by other international armies in their determination of future operating contexts and conditions. Furthermore, the model considers the security trends present in the current strategic moment.
This paper aims to answer the question, “how do we fight?” within the broad theme of the future SA Army force deployment strategy by suggesting the development of a future SAAFDSCS comprising an SAACC and a SAAFOC. The paper proposes a SAAFDSCS within the sphere of future force deployment. The paper commences with a discussion on the proposed SAACC followed by a deliberation on the proposed SAAFOC. The paper is concluded with a brief summary and conclusion section.