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Crisis Response: the East African Response Force in South Sudan

by LTC Robert E. Lee Magee

U.S. Africa Command directed Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to stand up a flexible company-sized response force and marry it to a U.S. Air Force C-130 unit stationed at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. However, any Army unit, regardless of its equipment set, can execute crisis response when teamed up with the appropriate tactical airlift.

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Balancing Regionally Aligned Force Requirements with Readiness Requirements

by LTC Joshua D. Wright, MAJ Matthew C. Stanley and MAJ Kevin P. Ryan

How does a CAB effectively balance both mission requirements and maintain readiness? We study that question with the intention of not only answering it but also providing a framework for the Army’s Regionally Aligned Force 2020 strategic-planning guidance

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Preparing for a Regionally Aligned Force Deployment: the Raider Brigade’s Perspective

by MAJ Robert Walker

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Raiders, 4th Infantry Division, deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield in February 2013. Although not designated as a regionally aligned force, the BCT approached the mission set in a way that may be of interest to an RAF-assigned unit.

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Regional Alignment of a Brigade Combat Team to U.S. NORTHCOM

by MAJ Chris Manglicmot, LTC Alexis Rivera and CPT Joseph M. Koennecke

The Army implemented the regionally aligned forces concept to balance efforts to prevent conflicts while maintaining readiness. The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was regionally aligned toNorthern Command to provide general-purpose forces supporting NORTHCOM asthe quick-reaction force/rapid-response force and theater-security cooperation mission.

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Leveraging Sledgehammer Brigade to Build Enduring Partnerships in Shaping Tomorrow’s Security’

by MAJ Chris Manglicmot and CPT Liam Kozma

Force alignment allows strengthened relationships with other nations through partnered initiatives. The effort focuses on better shaping the U.S. Northern Command’s area of operations specific to Mexico, the Bahamas and Canada by strengthening ties with our allies through combined military training.

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Canadian Exercise Worthington Challenge: Opportunities in Theater-Security Cooperation

by MAJ Chris Manglicmot and CPT David M. Kennedy

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sent two M1A2 crews and two M2A3 crews to Canada’s Exercise Worthington Challenge to focus on theater-security cooperation. The 3rd ABCT’s regional alignment with U.S. Northern Command resulted in its selection to send teams to compete in Worthington Challenge.

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Theater-Security Cooperation as a Regionally Aligned Force: Lessons-Learned from a Combined-Arms Battalion

by CPT Alexander C. Barron and promotable 1LT Matthew P. Dixon

When 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, assumed its role as the first regionally aligned force for U.S. Northern Command, one of the Sledgehammer Brigade’s primary responsibilities was to execute a range of theater-security-cooperation missions with allied militaries throughout NORTHCOM’s area of responsibility.

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A Hybrid Solution for a Hybrid Threat: Implementing a Variation of the Regimental System

by MAJ Cory W. Wallace

The Army needs to identify an approach to focus its limited available resources on optimizing the effectiveness of its brigade combat teams. The best way to accomplish this goal is to improve platoon training and reduce personnel turnover through a stabilized hybrid regimental system.

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Broadening from the Armor Branch Perspective

by LTC Jay Miseli

In analyzing the results of four promotion boards, four command selection boards, three schools boards and three separation boards, we see that, without question, individual performance is the most important factor in an officer’s selection. Here we share insights with rating chains, mentors and individual officers to ensure we remain as competitive as possible.

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The Cavalry Squadron of 2025

by CPT Kyle Trottier

The operating environment of 2025 will be characterized as uncertain, decentralized and predominately urban. To be successful against both nation-state and hybrid threats in the OE of 2025, the Army brigade combat team needs to resource and use the Cavalry squadron to conduct both reconnaissance and security operations in proximity to the enemy and civil population.

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A Professional Warfighter for Any Platform

by CPT Luke C. Bowers

Leaders must be creative to overcome our finite resources and accomplish the mission in spite of the immediate difficulties. This article discusses an approach to training an Armor company for both traditional combat on tanks and as a motorized, or truck, configuration to create more versatility with the same personnel and different equipment.

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Project Warrior: Bridging the Gap between the Operational and Institutional Domains

by LTC Chris Budihas, promotable CPT Robert W. Humphrey and promotable CPT Ian C. Pitkin

The Project Warrior Program is intended “to infuse observations and experiences gained from multiple, immersive combat training center rotations back into the Army through select professional military education courses.”

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A Look at Officer Education at the Maneuver Center of Excellence

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

The Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course hosted combined field-training exercises that brought together ABOLC, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course and Maneuver Captain’s Career Course students. The exercises illuminated multiple recurring trends that crossed school and branch boundaries. Officers from both branches and from each of the three schools displayed similar deficiencies across the board.

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Armor Branch Reinvigorates Developmental Programs

by CPT Francis A. Calimbas

The Armor Branch seeks to reinvigorate two of its core developmental programs. The Regimental Honorary System and Draper Leadership Award Program have proven over the years to be effective in enabling professional development in the leaders and Soldiers of implementing units.

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Reforging the Saber

by MAJ Brett Matzenbacher, CPT Robert W. Humphrey and CPT Andrew Jenkins

The Army is addressing a number of structural, organizational and systemic problems that have developed. Changes are necessary and will make the Army more capable of executing unified land operations. However, a number of issues remain unaddressed: chief among them are the capability gaps that exist in Cavalry formations.

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Developing the Future Armor Brigade Combat Team’s Cav Squadron

by MAJ Todd L. Poindexter

While force-structure changes afford greater maneuver flexibility to the armor brigade combat team commander, they do not address two key capabilities that enable an ABCT to conduct decisive action: reconnaissance and security. Since responsibility for those missions resides with the ABCT Cavalry squadron, there must be changes to the ABCT Cavalry squadron’s organizational structure.

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Painting the Picture: Cavalry Operations in a Jungle Environment

by CPT John Healy

Since many countries in our operating environment (the South Pacific) have thick jungle and/or rainforest terrain, 25th Infantry Division’s commanding general directed the establishment of the Jungle Operations Training Course. Apache Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, went through JOTC to sharpen our skills on dismounted reconnaissance and security in restrictive terrain.

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Arming for Impact: Empowering Cavalry to Enhance Joint Ops

by promotable CPT Nathan A. Jennings

Mounted formations will dynamically shape joint combined-arms operations. One way to enhance the Army’s capacity to influence operational environments is to reconceptualize the role of Cavalry squadrons in armored, Stryker and infantry brigade combat teams from limited intelligence-collection elements to more lethal, and thus more tactically versatile, fighting formations.

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The Tank is Dead! Long Live the Tank!

by 1LT Kier Elmonairy

The existence of vehicles with sets of capabilities currently absent on American ground vehicles confirms two things. First, the tank as we know it is dead. Second, the tank as a means of delivering survivable firepower to the decisive point on an increasingly complex and lethal battlefield has a bright future.

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Leading Staffs: New and Persistent Challenges

by COL Andrew Morgado

The function of a staff, and particularly the performance and leadership of military officers responsible for executing staff functions, is a neglected component in military leadership doctrine and practice. This neglect is problematic for military organizations.

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Persistent Surveillance and Joint Fires in the Horn of Panjwai

by MAJ Robert L. Green

During its deployment to Afghanistan, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, had limited combat power, so opportunities for employing traditional means of gaining and maintaining contact with the enemy were infrequent. The squadron therefore learned to maximize the capabilities of persistent surveillance and unmanned aerial vehicles to locate and direct fires against enemy forces.

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The Battery Difference: A Solution to Reducing Soldier Load and Increasing Effectiveness on the Battlefield

by MAJ Tom Beyerl

Recent efforts by the Maneuver Center of Excellence and project managers such as PM-Soldier Sensors and Lasers have standardized most dismounted electronic equipment into a few common battery types. Commercially available 1.5v AA batteries have replaced many unique equipment-specific battery types in night-vision devices, target locators and weapon sights.

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Intel Center Develops DCGS-A Tactical-Engagement Teams

by MG Robert P. Ashley and COL William L. Edwards

The Intelligence Center of Excellence developed the tactical-engagement team to take Distributed Common Ground System-Army subject-matter experts to the operational Soldier. Units from across the Army are taking advantage of this. Tactical engagement puts DCGS-A’s potential in the hands of the warfighter to assist units in configuring, using and employing the system.

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