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Integrating Armored Warfare and What That Could Mean for the Infantry Brigade Combat Team

by MAJ Joshua A. Taylor

The Army’s current lack of an effective armored-warfare platform has created a capability gap within specific infantry brigade combat teams.

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Lessons from Exportable Combat Training Center Rotation 14-02

by LTC Sean Hunt Kuester and MAJ Nathan Guthrie

With the successful conclusion of a combined Reserve Component and Active Component combat training center rotation, the Army Total Force Policy has a major victory on its path toward full manifestation. The training event was the seed of something much greater: the initiation of a partnership joining Active and Reserve components into a singular force.

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Doing More with Less

by LTC Franz Krasznitzer

Despite radical cuts in defense budgets in the past years, the build-up and expansion of effective military capacities in the Austrian armed forces must be the precondition for fulfilling future security-political tasks, forming the basis for an effective and credible foreign and security policy.

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The French Armor Contribution to Operation Serval (Mali)

by MG Arnaud Sainte-Claire Deville

Although the country of Mali has been struggling with a crisis since the military coup March 22, 2014, its troubles began well before this. These security challenges led Mali to officially request military intervention from France.

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1st Armored Division Leads Army in Re-examining Mission Command ‘Initiatives’

by BG Joseph P. Harrington and Dr. William M. Rierson

During 1st Armored Division’s recent distributed command-post exercise Iron Resolve 14.2, the division leadership sought to re-examine and potentially adopt tried and proven mission-command methodologies that were once embedded within Army force structure but were set aside during the Army’s shift toward the brigade modularization critical to supporting the nonlinear...

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Transforming Tanks to Boots

by CPT Nicholas A. Rinaldi, 1LT Chad J. Strickland and SFC David J. Winczewski

As a tank company within a combined-arms battalion forward-deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield, our mission was unique to most combat operations that have and are occurring throughout the Middle East.

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Cluster Munitions No More: What This Means for the U.S. Military

by LTC Mike Jacobson

The end of American cluster munitions is arriving and the Department of Defense has no plans to replace them. In 2008, when the U.S. government committed itself to disposing of cluster munitions by January 2019, this milestone seemed distant. Unfortunately, when DoD implements the final phase of this policy, it will deprive itself of a critical capability without a replacement.

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Lost Sabers: Why We Need Operational Cavalry and How to Get It Back

by MAJ William S. Nance

The U.S. Army has a maneuver problem. After more than a decade of brigade-focused warfare, our ability as a force to conduct decisive-action operations at echelons above the brigade has atrophied to the point of non-existence.

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Measures of Effectiveness in Army Doctrine

by CPT Tom Westphal and CPT Jason Guffey

Measures of effectiveness, while commonly defined across Army doctrinal publications, are explained in different and sometimes confusing ways throughout several manuals. This article will outline how MoEs are understood and used in Army doctrine, and will give recommendations on how doctrine can be adjusted to give more useful guidance to Army leaders.

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‘Driver, How Much Fuel Do We Have?’ – An Update

by LTC William Kepley

The September-October 1996 issue of ARMOR published a simplified way to determine how many gallons of fuel remained in an M1A1 based on each fuel-cell level. With the M1 family of vehicles almost completely converted to a “pure-fleet” M1A2 and its smaller-capacity fuel cell, the article needs updating based on the current M1A2 tank fleet.

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Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Employing Brigade and Task-Force Engineers

by COL Jason L. Smallfield

The creation of 32 engineer battalions in the Active Component over the next two years and 28 engineer battalions in the National Guard over the next four years will provide maneuver commanders with more organic engineer capability than they have recently possessed.

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Sustainment Portal Provides Relevant Tool to Improve Readiness

by Dr. Reginald L. Snell

Commanders now have a new resource to help improve readiness. The Sustainment Unit One-Stop portal is a “one stop shop” designed to provide commanders and staffs current supply, maintenance, ammunition, explosive ordnance, transportation, human resources and finance collective training and lessons-learned products.

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