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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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