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How Garryowen and the Standard Scout Platoon Equal Effective Recon

by LTC Jason A. Miseli, MAJ Gregory W. McLean and CPT Dirk K. Van Ingen

The 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment’s performance at the National Training Center was based on a deliberate training and leader-development plan executed over 15 months with a goal of building expertise in reconnaissance and security operations.

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The All-Bradley Scout Platoon at National Training Center Rotation 14-0

by CPT Robert Bove, CPT Michael Kaness and CPT Jonathan Page

During National Training Center Rotation 14-04, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment validated the utility of a six-Bradley, 36-Soldier scout platoon as a viable formation within the armored brigade combat team cavalry squadron.

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Sustaining the Standard Scout Platoon

by MAJ Bob Underwood and CPT William Turner

Using 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry’s success at the National Training Center, we will argue that effective sustainment at the tactical level requires task-organizing and training a wholesale modified table of organization and equipment for retail service.

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Intelligence Support to a Cavalry Squadron

by LTC Jason A. Miseli, MAJ Gregory W. McLean and CPT Jeremy Bovan

Intelligence officer in a cavalry squadron is the most challenging S-2 position in the Army because the squadron operates without much knowledge of the enemy situation, without a complete friendly and higher plan and with 200 geographically isolated human sensors (scouts).

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Too Light to Fight: the Cavalry Troop in Combined-Arms Maneuver

by MAJ Charles G. Bies

It is not enough to relearn skills and techniques that have faded from organizational memory to ensure future battlefield success; too much has changed in the past decade. Concepts rooted in dangerously faulty assumptions ignore combat-proven methods in the name of wishful thinking and doctrinal catchphrases.

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What Our Army Needs is a True Aero Scout

by COL William T. Nuckols Jr. and Peter W. Rose II

The Army must develop a dedicated, manned aero scout helicopter, designed to support both reconnaissance and security and air-ground combined-arms operations. Aero scout platforms and their pilots must be either organic to or habitually align with the R&S organizations they support.

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Platform Immaterial: Reconnaissance Challenges in a DATE

by CPT Jaison D. Desai

Four decisive-action training environment rotations analyzed feature a cross-section of Army capabilities. Though each organization had its own challenges, trends emerged across all units regardless of platform used. This indicates a need to address these issues across the cavalry world to improve capabilities in support of maneuver forces.

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Observations from the Opposing Force, Part II

by CPT Amos C. Fox

My intent with this article is to provide troop-level commanders with planning considerations based on my experience in planning and executing a movement-to-contact at National Training Center.

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Not Just Infantry with Tanks: Who We Should Be and Why the Army Needs Us to Be It

by CPT Thomas Spolizino

Twelve years of low-intensity war has led us down a path where we have forgotten who we are and why the Army needs us to be ourselves. How can we, and why should we, remain a viable part of the force if we cannot even describe who we are?

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The Next Combat Vehicle – New Horizons

by retired U.S. Marine Corps LTC Robert W. Lamont

The U.S. Marine Corps has accepted an acquisition strategy for replacing its aging Amphibious Assault Vehicle. Why is this important to the Army? The refined capabilities of the platform compel us to explore both the challenges and opportunities this new vehicle brings to the ground combat element.

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The Bastogne Fusion Process: a Commander-Centric Approach to Planning and Decision-Making

by LTC Scott Sentell and LTC Philip Kiniery

As we prepared to deploy to Afghanistan, the brigade staff needed to enhance our planning process to help gain a deeper understanding of the environment in a way that supported our commander’s personality and way of thinking. The staff developed an approach we call the Bastogne Fusion Process.

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The Stability Corps: Organizational Change for Full-Spectrum Capability

by CPT Eli Feret

To succeed in the complex conflicts of the future, the Army needs to improve its organization and create a Stability Corps dedicated to executing wide-area security as its primary mission.

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