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Russian Hybrid Warfare and the Re-emergence of Conventional Armored Warfare: Implications for the U.S. Army's Armored Force

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

Russia's operations in Georgia and Ukraine provide many interesting insights, but most notably they illustrate a departure from contemporary guerrilla and counterinsurgency operations and demonstrate the pendulum swinging back toward conventional, high-intensity land warfare. In light of the evolution of the contemporary operating environment's character, the U.S. Army's armored force must be aware of the implications of these changes.

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Armored Vehicle Development Behind the Curtain: the Secret Life of the Soviet SU-122-54 Assault Gun

by retired MAJ James M. Warford

When the Soviet military launched Exercise Dnepr, most observers and military analysts focused on the exercise's size and its large-scale use of airborne forces. Almost unnoticed, however, the Soviet army also deployed a previously unseen assault gun. This gun was surrounded by a very high level of secrecy – a good example of the effort the Soviets / Russians historically put into keeping their most secret weapons developments secret.

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The Squadron Commander as Chief of Reconnaissance

by CPT John Palmer

The squadron commander is best suited to be the brigade chief of reconnaissance. This allows a senior commander to completely focus on answering the brigade commander's information requirements, and it allows the brigade S-2 officer to focus on the next enemy course of action.

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Information-Collection Plan and Reconnaissance-and-Security Execution: Enabling Success

by MAJ James E. Armstrong

As the cavalry trainers at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Grizzly Team members had opportunities to observe diverse rotations and learned that GEN George S. Patton Jr.'s quote, "You can never have too much reconnaissance," still proves true. During the past year, we observed some common challenges in linking information-collection planning with reconnaissance-and-security execution at both the battalion and brigade levels across multiple nations.

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A Practical Guide for Excellence in Company Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

by CPT John Albert

State and non-state actors in the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq daily demonstrate the growing numbers, types and capability of unmanned aircraft systems operations at all echelons. With large fronts and limited combat power, adversaries use their temporary information advantages to make decisions on where and how to employ combat power. Why then would we forgo the advantage provided by UAS operations of any type?

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Mastery of the Fundamentals of Passive Counter-reconnaissance to Survive against a Hybrid Threat

by CPT Joshua Christian

As units execute decisive-action training, they must account for the hybrid threat, which will contain some near-peer capabilities such as unmanned aircraft systems or even off-the-shelf UAS and radio direction-finding capability. By removing units from their comfort zones, not only do they train to increase their survivability, but they also build resiliency into their systems and increase their leaders' adaptiveness.

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