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Making Reconnaissance Guidance Say What You Think

by CPT Luke C. Bowers

Observable deficiency across multiple combat training centers and brigade combat team/squadron configurations should generate concern for the Armor Branch (as the proponent of reconnaissance) and reconnaissance organizations.

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The Role of Reconnaissance Forces in the Counterattack

by LTC Scott Pence

Following an enemy attack, reconnaissance forces must quickly acquire the information needed to define the new operational environment. By understanding the risks and opportunities of the counterattack, military professionals become resilient amid the worst conditions.

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Looking Toward the Future: the U.S. Cavalry’s Role in Multi-Domain Battle

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

As the U.S. Army moves to formally incorporate the concept of multi-domain battle into doctrine, the role of the U.S. Cavalry must evolve. The concept seeks to operate in a synchronized and symbiotic manner across all domains of war while presenting the enemy with multiple dilemmas.

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Trends in Defensive Operations

by COL Esli T. Pitts

Training units at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center generally get two shots at the defense: once during maneuver training at company level and again during force-on-force training. Either way, the learning curve is steep. This article will help flatten that curve by highlighting common trends in defensive planning and preparation.

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Tough Vehicles Require Tougher Crews

by SSG David D. Lunebach and SSG Sean M. Leytham

Over most of the last 15 years, gunnery training has been neglected in favor of other priorities within our armored brigade combat teams. An entire generation of 19-series Soldiers and NCOs has grown up without gaining the high level of technical and tactical expertise on armored combat vehicles their predecessors possessed.

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Battle of Debal’tseve: the Conventional Line of Effort in Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

While some say that Russia provides no direct threat to the United States, our political and military alliances necessitate an understanding and appreciation for the manner in which Russia is applying force in its vicinity. Also, a study of emerging threats is fundamental to any professional army or learning organization.

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Training and Doctrine Command’s Big 6+1 Capabilities

by LTC Corey B. Chassé

The Army has focused on winning against irregular adversaries and challenges, which has limited its capability to focus on modernizing for future fights. Meanwhile, adversaries continued to modernize rapidly. These conditions point to an emerging future security environment in which U.S. ground forces are increasingly likely to face tactical overmatch.

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Enhancing Shared Understanding within the Brigade’s Operations Process

by MAJ Richard Z. Groen

All too often we have experienced the moment when a combined-arms rehearsal transitions to a “combined-arms wargame.” This transition is an indicator that subordinate commanders and units do not have shared understanding of their higher-headquarters commander’s intent, nor an understanding of key events needed for synchronization.

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Applied Combined-Arms Maneuver at Company Level

by 1LT James T. Casey

What I’ve seen as a tank-platoon leader and executive officer in 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment leads me to think that, as maneuver leaders, we are failing to properly implement combined-arms maneuver, especially at the company-grade-officer level.

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Saving Future Gallons: Overview of New Field Manual 7-0

by James L. Young Jr.

The next decade is unlikely to resemble the previous 15 years of warfare. Land forces capable of deterring and defeating capable, diverse threats will be required. This article will provide a short introduction on how the new Field Manual 7-0, Train to Win in a Complex World, helps accomplish this.

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