The brigade combat team Cavalry squadron has been exclusively used as an economy-of-force infantry battalion during our conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now time to start some serious discussion about bringing Cavalry back into its traditional role.Read more
As the emphasis on training shifts from the counterinsurgency fight back to the decisive-action fight, the military’s resilient and adaptive spirit must now find new ways to integrate the lessons and structural evolutions from the past 14 years to meet the changing demands of our military and national interests.Read more
There is healthy debate in the Cavalry/Armor community about the future of Cavalry in decisive action. Some of this discussion centers on the role of the chief of reconnaissance and the integration of the squadron operations center into the brigade’s operations center.Read more
What if we could rewind the clock to study improvised explosive device (IED) emplacement and attack techniques while refining maneuver-based countermeasures before the first IED attack against coalition forces ever occurred? What if we had current and real-time information on an effective enemy weapon system, used asymmetrically, that through study we discovered ways to mitigate its threat through maneuver? Such an opportunity exists today with a close examination of the anti-tank guided missile threat posed by non-state organizations.Read more
My thesis is simple: Our tactics training for new Armor lieutenants is insufficient; the Australian Regimental Officer Basic Course mounted tactics training is markedly better than our Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course tactics training and should become the model we emulate to reform our tactics training at the Armor School.Read more
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