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Protecting the Tail of the Tiger: Reshaping the Way We Train Logistics

by CPT Travis Michelena

As the Army shifts its training focus from fighting counterinsurgency to combating a hybrid threat, it is increasingly important to address how the Army’s logistics infrastructure, security and training support the continued superiority of its combat forces.

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Defeating the Russian Battalion Tactical Group

by CPT Nicolas J. Fiore

This article researches the weaknesses that allowed Ukrainian Army units to defeat Russian battalion tactical groups and describes tactics that an American brigade combat team can employ to create similar opportunities to tactically defeat a BTG if required in a future conflict.

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Strength Punishes, Speed Kills: the Stryker Weapons Troop at National Training Center

by CPT Jared Wayne

The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team became the first Stryker brigade combat team to achieve a decisive victory at the National Training Center; its assigned Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment, fought as the Army’s first Stryker weapons troop.

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2017-2018 2017-2018 or Training and Leader Development Strategy Released

The U.S. Army Armor School announces the release of the 2017-2018 Armor Training and Leader Development Strategy. ATLDS provides an accessible, detailed and comprehensive consolidated reference for leader, individual and collective training to ensure readiness across the Armor and Cavalry force.

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Bringing the Future Back to Combat Systems: Recognizing the Need for a New Main Battle Tank

by MAJ Michael J. Trujillo

The Army’s stagnation with developing a fully capable and modern armored-combat platform to replace the aging M1 Abrams main battle tank promises to degrade our ability to deploy, fight and win wars – especially since potential and realized adversaries are developing and purchasing modern combat systems that may outmatch our armored fleet.

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Army Design Methodology for the Regionally Allocated Battalion

by LTC Christopher S. Mahaffey, MAJ John W. Denney and 1LT Victoria C. Hulm

During the squadron’s latest rotation to Hungary, 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry found that the Army Design Methodology was helpful for coalescing the complexity and ambiguity of a regional environment into feasible operational objectives possible for a battalion-level staff to conduct with some modification.

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Maneuver Leaders’ Role in Observation Planning

by LTC Jack D. Crabtree, LTC Jonathan A. Shine and CPT George L. Cass

Fire-support officers at all echelons struggle to get observers into position to observe planned targets. This problem results in planned targets that are tied to fire-support tasks not being serviced or maneuver delayed by fires

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Lessons for Today from Umayyad Invasion of Gaul

by CPT Thomas W. Doherty

As an instructor, it has surprised me that my students do not understand that the fundamentals of offense are applicable during defense and, of course, vice versa. This article gives a historical example of the symbiotic relationship between the offense and defense.

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Future Special Operations Forces and Conventional Forces Interdependence

by LTC Casey Galligan and CW5 Dennis Castellanos

Before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Special Operations Forces and conventional forces operated independently, separated by both space and time. This operational mindset took us into Afghanistan and way beyond into the conflict for a long time. Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom clearly accentuated the need for interdependence between SOF and CF.

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Overtasking and Its Effect on Platoon and Company Tactical Proficiency: an Opposing Forces and Observer/Coach/Trainer Perspective

by CPT J. Scott Metz

U.S. Army tactical proficiency at company level and below is lower than many of our multinational partners due to a lack of emphasis on collective training and tactical proficiency at home station prior to training at combat-training centers.

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Maneuver and Intelligence: Bridging the Gap for Unified Land Operations

by MAJ James A. Kolky and MAJ Michael J. Trujillo

Little if any schoolhouse training focuses on preparing military-intelligence officers to serve effectively and successfully in a maneuver formation as an S-2. As the Army continues to adjust its doctrine and training methodologies, it’s important we continue to refine our best practices at the tactical level.

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