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Our Readiness Problem: Brigade Combat Team Lethality

by LTC Bradford T. Duplessis

If we are to get after the Army Chief of Staff’s No. 1 priority, readiness, we must first address brigade combat team lethality. This article will use the experience and observations of the National Training Center live-fire team as a start point for discussing our lethality challenges and potential remedies.

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Initial Commander’s Critical Information Requirements and the 5 Common Command Decisions

by COL Thomas M. Feltey and CPT Matthew G. Mattingly

How does a unit develop commander’s critical information requirements, based on command decisions, during mission analysis when the decisions won’t be identified until course-of-action analysis? Staff can assist the commander by working from a list of common decisions and subsequent CCIR that can be refined during the planning process.

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A Solution Looking for a Problem: Illuminating Misconceptions in Maneuver Warfare Doctrine

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

Warfare exists in the realm of both art and science – as a phenomenon in which sensing and intuition (in other words, art) play a complementary role to education and training (science). The practitioner of warfare must understand more than one form of warfare to be effective on the battlefield.

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Rethinking Aspects of Design and the Military Decision-Making Process

by MAJ Gary M. Klein and MAJ John M. Nimmons

Militaries around the world have a number of different planning processes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These processes provide a common language and shared understanding for leaders, facilitating efficient and effective planning. This affords significant advantages for new and experienced staffs alike.

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Maximizing the Benefits of Digital Ranges

by Samuel Epstein

Combined Arms Center-Training is incorporating programmatic changes to improve the Digital Range Training System. Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation testing is underway on new equipment to improve the human interface. However, only the chain of command can implement the necessary steps outlined in this article to maximize training effectiveness on the ranges.

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The Rehearsal Is the Thing!

by CPT Luke C. Bowers

Just like Shakespeare’s character Hamlet used a play to reveal the king’s conscience, a good rehearsal reveals our conceptual and detailed understanding of an operation. However, a good rehearsal, unlike a play, requires active participation, not simple observation.

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Make Reporting Routine Again

by CPT Nicolas J. Fiore

Incorporate reporting into your gunnery training program and realize improved performance throughout collective training and external evaluations. Without good reporting, gunnery is little more than mounted marksmanship practice. Fortunately, units can easily and doctrinally combine standard fire commands with common reports.

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Improving Casualty Evacuation for Our Next Decisive-Action Fight

by CPT David W. Draper

Based on observations from the National Training Center, Army Medical Department lessons-learned and doctrine, this article illustrates a need for improving individual and collective casualty-evacuation training as well as outlines recommendations to improve casevac operations that can and will save lives on the battlefield.

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Return of the Fighting Executive Officer

by 1LT Matthew Rohrback

Should a mission-command vehicle be included in our modified table of organization and equipment for the executive officer? This question must be answered in two distinct time horizons.

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