The Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) wants to ensure that when Soldiers, NCOs, and officers depart courses at Fort Benning they have achieved increased mastery of key fundamentals. The MCoE is focused on marksmanship as the first step towards developing lethal and precise Soldiers. Marksmanship skills in our Army atrophied over years of continual ARFORGEN cycles and combat deployments. The MCoE defined desired outcomes for marksmanship to address the following training goals: develop Soldiers into expert marksmen, develop NCOs into expert marksmanship trainers, and develop officers into expert marksmanship training managers.
As our Army moves forward with the formalization of the concept of interdependence, conventional forces (CF) and special operations forces (SOF) will continue to work through the implementation of this activity during joint training and operations. This implementation in training and operations is imperative as the future operational environment demands a seamless unified effort between all U.S. military efforts. Unfortunately, understanding the imperative does not inform the practical application of a concept. So how do CF and SOF execute this concept of interdependence?
Sun Tzu suggested that although it was easy to see the tactics by which he conquered armies, it was substantially more difficult to see the strategy from which his victories evolved. The tactical success of our special operations forces (SOF) and conventional forces (CF) are chronicled by Green Berets and conventional Soldiers alike through well over a decade of continuous conflict from Iraq to Afghanistan. An honest appraisal of where the most significant progress in warfare was made during this unprecedented period in our military history would mark the close interaction between our two warrior communities as one of the largest leaps forward.
During the early part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), analysts were quick to see Chechens in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hot spots outside of Chechnya. Actually, the Chechen combatants were still at home fighting the Russians who had joined the Global War on Terrorism with the specific goal of completing their mission of subjugating Chechnya. They were in the third year of their second war in that small, mountainous country. Now, the Russians have reconquered Chechnya, and the republic is ruled by Ruslan Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel who considers himself a protégé of Vladimir Putin and on very good terms with Russia.
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