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It’s Time for the Cavalry to Get Serious About Cyber Reconnaissance

by COL Curt Taylor

When Bato Dambeyez posted a picture of himself standing in his military uniform on social media, what made this post remarkable, even historic, was the fact that this photo, along with others, provided clear and convincing evidence to a global audience that Russian conventional forces had invaded the sovereign territory of Ukraine.

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Integration of Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare in the Reconnaissance Troop

by CPT Doni Wong, 1LT Theodore Lipsky, CPT Brigid Calhoun, CW2 Pablo Cruz

As the closest U.S. light infantry brigade combat team to Russia, 173rd IBCT (Airborne) tested an integrated electronic-warfare and signals-intelligence platoon to bridge the capabilities gap between the unit and its near-peer Russian adversary, whose armed forces demonstrated renewed EW capability in its 2014 conquest of Crimea.

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Enabling Scout Squad Success with the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course

by promotable CPT Joshua J. LaFleur

A scout element can shape future operations or alter the course of a battle with proper observation, reporting, fires employment and the integration of enablers. To prepare scouts, the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course trains its students to serve as a commander’s insurance policy that mitigates risk when employing scout squads and teams.

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Observations from the Army Reconnaissance Course

by CPT Patrick M. Zang

Significant transformation came to the Army Reconnaissance Course during the last 16 months. Part of this was command-directed to help emphasize reconnaissance-and-security operations across the Army. A second part resulted from 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, aligning itself more with the Army’s University Model and the subsequent organizational structure change.

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Modern Application of Mechanized-Cavalry Groups for Cavalry Echelons Above Brigade

by MAJ Joseph J. Dumas

The Army faces a dilemma much like it did at the onset of World War II: although the war provided an opportunity to rapidly codify cavalry organizations and doctrine, the Army squandered the opportunity to do so in the period before the war, when the branch bifurcated and the Army’s mounted arm floundered.

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The Master-Gunner Warrant Officer

by Alex Turkatte

The Armor Branch proposes to develop the master-gunner warrant officer concept, which this article reviews.

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Reconsidering Division Cavalry Squadrons Part II

by MAJ Nathan Jennings

Cavalry forces specialize in tactical tasks that have endured as primary functions of mounted scouts due to their inherent operational reach. For divisions, the requirement for dedicated formations to safeguard and facilitate an increasingly complex order of battle remains a critical function in the 21st Century.

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Exercise Bayonet Shield 2017: U.S., NATO Allies Train Together to Present Credible Deterrent to Aggression

by MAJ Craig Nelson, CPT Jack Williams and CPT Mack Sims

U.S. forces, along with combined air and land forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, conducted Exercise Bayonet Shield at multiple locations across the Baltic region. About 600 Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, participated in the U.S.-led exercise.

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Leadership, Leader and Command Philosophies – What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

by Dr. Ted A. Thomas and LTC Gregg M. Haley

Taking time to reflect on who we are, what we believe, why we act the way we do and how that will affect us in future leadership positions makes us better, self-aware leaders. This introspection ensures we become the leader our organization needs, not just the leader we want to become.

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Military Deception and Reverse Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield: How Staff Integration Creates Advantages for the Brigade Combat Team Commander

by COL Thomas M. Feltey and CPT Lance C. Rae

Mission analysis has colloquially become known as the S-2’s show. Feverishly producing products for an important briefing, intelligence officers brief an enemy plan while the rest of the staff sits idly by. Unfortunately, leaving MA to the S-2 shop alone is not working well in actual practice across the force.

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Demystifying Space: How to Perform Better in the Space Domain

by LTC Coley D. Tyler

The intent of this article is to bridge the gap among the space domain, the operational environment, future force modernization and current maneuver formations that require a higher level of space skills.

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Proposing a Conflict Map to Guide Warfare

by MAJ Blair Wilcox and MAJ Jonathan Bate

The Department of Defense’s description of war in current doctrine using a “conflict continuum” that ranges from “peace” to “war” isn’t enough. In this article, we propose a “conflict map,” which seeks to enable accurate diagnosis of a conflict.

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