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Regionally Aligned Force Success in Europe Relies Heavily on Logistics Planning

by MAJ Sarah Gilbert

Regionally aligned forces deploying to Europe face a set of challenges unlike those they have previously encountered. RAF units currently fall in on an improving but still growing theater infrastructure, making logistics planning critical to the overall success of an armor brigade combat team’s mission.

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Using Logistics Release Point Meetings to Mitigate Persistent Friction Points in Cavalry Squadron Operations

by CPT Blake Niewenhuis

Units may overcome challenges at combat-training centers – sometimes through face-to-face maintenance meetings, at logistics synchronizations or with brute force on the part of individual leaders at echelon – but units that consistently put out the fires before they happen use the logistics-release-point meeting.

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Fusion Cell: The Bridge Between the Warfighter and Sustainment During Dagger Resolve (2/1 Armored Brigade Combat Team’s Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration)

by LTC Brian J. Ketz, MAJ William P. Gumabon, CPT John R. Lakso and 1LT Evan T. Kowalski

Delays in the arrival of 2/1’s strategic equipment forced the warfighter to embed into the existing logistics footprint, creating a fusion cell. This collaboration enabled 2/1 to meet its ready-to-fight tasks in 10 days by using sustainment brigade-level assets, allowing seamless communication and execution of mission at tactical level.

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Lessons Future Security Force Assistance Brigades Should Consider

by LTC Stu James and CPT Andrew Kydes

When Iraqi Security Forces were supported by Task Force Dealer, as well as many other coalition teams’ intelligence, fires, air support, targeting and logistics, the task force learned five valuable lessons that future teams should consider to best enable and support a partner in achieving its tactical, operational and strategic goals.

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Unifying the Brigade Combat Team Information-Collection Effort

by CPT Bradley M. Wellsandt

Four primary challenges present themselves in execution of brigade combat team-level information collection in decisive action: seams between units, reporting lag, rigid/inflexible collection planning vs. intent-based collection and an undefined role for the BCT’s military-intelligence company.

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Maneuvering the Armored Brigade Combat Team in Restrictive Terrain

by COL Steven J. Adams

Achieving synchronization in an ABCT is challenging and requires quality repetitions. Maneuvering an ABCT in a country slightly larger than Virginia with an estimated population of 25 million people, where the terrain is dominated by hills and mountains separated by narrow valleys, is a task that requires its own discussion.

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Reconnaissance-in-Force Russian Style

by Dr. Lester W. Grau

The scope and size of Soviet reconnaissance-in-force attacks expanded dramatically as a result of the Soviets’ World War II experience as they successfully revealed the enemy forward defenses, integrated fire system, engineer obstacles and the withdrawal of enemy forces from their forward positions into their defensive depths.

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The Military Decision-Making Process: a Blueprint for Developing Your Unit’s Mission-Essential Task List Crosswalk

by CPT Jonathan Hawkins

Despite having unlimited access to doctrine, leaders are often quick to look elsewhere to address a problem or challenge. Conducting a thorough and applicable mission-essential task list crosswalk is one of the “problems” leaders face – a problem that can be solved through applying a commonly used piece of doctrine.

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Instituting Organizational Change at Company Level

by CPT Daniel Rowe

Instituting organizational change is one of the hardest tasks for commanders to plan and execute, even when circumstances are ideal. Fortunately, there’s help: Dr. John Kotter’s “8-Step Process for Leading Change.” I used the process to transform a dysfunctional and demoralized tank company into the most lethal unit in Korea.

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Their Leadership and Ownership: Concepts for Warfare By, With and Through

by COL J. Patrick Work

When 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed to bolster Iraqi Security Forces, we joined the effort with two weeks left in the offensive to retake east Mosul; for the next eight months, we wrestled a complex environment with a simple framework: help ISF and hurt ISIS every day.

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