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The Infantry Heavy CAB in the Near-Peer Threat Environment

The armored force plays the critical role in our Army’s ability to deter and defeat a near-peer threat. With its maneuverable firepower, the armored force provides the joint force commander the capability to mass effects at the decisive point on the battlefield to overwhelm an opponent’s defenses or defeat its attack… The infantry heavy combined arms battalion (CAB), in particular, can provide the BCT commander with several critical capabilities. It can seize, clear, and retain key terrain. It can block a single avenue of approach dominated by restricted terrain. It can provide additional maneuver elements — in the form of dismounted companies and a purely mounted element in Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFVs) — to enable greater flexibility. Last, it can augment the cavalry squadron to perform reconnaissance forward and conduct security operations on the BCT’s flanks.

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'Framing the Problem' of Integrating Army Aviation in the BCT

Successful brigade combat teams (BCTs) at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) leverage division-level capabilities to solve brigade-level problems. When fully integrated into the BCT’s combined arms maneuver, the combat aviation brigade (CAB) provides an aviation task force (AvTF) with a powerful leverage point for the BCT in the decisive action (DA) fight. Successful CAB integration provides the commander with options through air assault, attack aviation, reconnaissance, and other aviation core competencies. These options, when employed effectively, provide a capability currently unmatched by our adversaries… This article is not an all-encompassing “to do” list for integrating aviation into the BCT’s plans and operations, nor is it a simple restating of doctrinal tasks from Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 3-04.1, Aviation Tactical Employment. The goal is to promote discussion in the BCT staff, provide the BCT commander topics to cover when issuing planning guidance, and encourage synchronization between the AvTF and the BCT.

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Building the Team: Creating Time and Space for Leader Development in Organizations

This article provides some steps on how to discuss leader development of junior officers in your organization and offers techniques for establishing a leader development program that meets the needs of your organization. It is paramount to solicit feedback from junior leaders in your organization, to vary the programming you provide, and to provide direction and structure for a successful program. This is a synthesis of what we experienced and how we approached the establishment of a leader development program in the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry “Iron Rangers” of the 1st Infantry Division from 2016-2018. It is clear from our experience that every organization needs a deliberate leader development program. Development has to be a deliberate event that incorporates feedback from those individuals in the program.

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From One Commander to the Next

Company command is the last role in which officers directly influence the development of every Soldier in their organization. Command is an opportunity to both lead from the front and empower subordinates to prepare an organization for the rigors of combat. Company command is an opportunity to develop the next generation of Army leaders. The company commander makes hundreds of decisions that affect the organization’s trajectory. This article focuses on three critical functions that only the commander can perform to align the organization on that trajectory. The company commander must create and communicate the vision, build the culture, and model the culture through personal example.

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Infantry in Action

Slide 1
U.S. Army Rangers prepare for extraction from their objective during training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., on 30 January 2014. (Photo by SPC Steven Hitchcock)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct an airfield seizure on 21 June 2013. (Photo by SGT Juan F. Jimenez)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment conduct live-fire training on Fort Bragg, N.C., 9 September 2013. (Photo by SSG Jason Hull)

Infantry in Action

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Soldiers with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take to the road during a joint platoon exercise at the Yakima Training Center, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (Photo by SGT Austan Owen)