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On the Employment of Armor

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

Real-world considerations necessitate a fresh look at the employment of armor. To be sure, the re-emergence of conventional land warfare in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and Eastern Europe in the preceding decade has raised the need for re-examining the principles and ethos on which armor is employed.

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Force Modernization of the Armored Brigade Combat Team

by COL Dawson A. Plummer, MAJ K. Derrick Rice, CPT Horace H. Peek V

The force-modernization efforts directed by Army Chief of Staff GEN Mark A. Milley are gaining momentum throughout our formations as the Army transitions from the old method of waiting for technology to evolve to a perceived final endstate to one focused on providing interim solutions and upgrades.

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'Kachi Kapshida!' – Rotational Armored Brigade Combat Team Experience in Korea

by COL Steven J. Adams and MAJ Nate Garner

A rotational deployment to Korea has a number of benefits to the operational force and to the Army’s armored brigade combat teams in particular. This article explains some of our key takeaways from a rotational brigade deployment to the RoK but will not discuss whether an ABCT is the appropriate formation for such a mission.

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Soviet IS-3 'Stalin' Heavy Tank: Importance of Getting Assessment Right

by retired MAJ James M. Warford

Were American, British and ultimately NATO intelligence assessments too critical of the IS-3? Eliminating confusion like that surrounding the IS-3 must be a priority in today’s military environment. As the world situation changes and continues to remind us of the Cold War years, success on the battlefield may depend on getting it right.

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Reconsidering Division Cavalry Squadrons Part III

by MAJ Nathan Jennings

Reconnaissance operations, like security efforts, are central to shaping favorable conditions for division maneuver during offensive, defensive, stability and even civil-assistance operations.

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Mounted Infantry Brigade Combat Team Scout Platoons Struggle With Stealth

by 1LT Brian Sikma

Reconnaissance leaders must constantly balance competing priorities and assume risks to rapidly provide commanders with accurate information.

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12th Cavalry Regiment’s Early Contribution to Building Post-Vietnam Armored Force

by Tom Rozman

When the Army began force-design initiatives that would result in fielding systems and equipment we use today, as well as modified tables of organization and equipment introduced for U.S. armored forces in the middle 1980s, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, and 1st Battalion, 13th Armor, played significant roles in this effort.

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Protection across the Domains: Electronic Warfare in the Armored-Cavalry Squadron

by CPT Kevin Zhang and CPT Michael Grdina

Current military conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine show how civilian drone technologies are cheap, plentiful, sophisticated and effective when employed in a military manner. However, the armored reconnaissance squadron’s modified table of organization and equipment has no viable response as of 2018.

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MOS 19M: the Mechanized Warrior

by Alex Turkatte

The 2001 elimination of MOS 11M, Mechanized Infantry, without a replacement MOS or an ASI, has left the Infantry Branch without a professionally trained mounted fighting force. This article will review a concept for an enlisted MOS dedicated to professional mechanized warfare.

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'Rough-Cut CoAs' and Other Ways to Modify Military Decision-Making Process for Constrained Planning Timelines

by MAJ Gary M. Klein

Your brigade headquarters has just given your unit a tactical-operations order and told your battalion to execute in six days. After reflecting on your planning timeline further, you realize you only have two days before you should issue your operations order.

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What Now? Rapid Decision-Making Synchronization Process: the Planning Tool You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

by COL Esli T. Pitts

Most of us have been hearing some variation of the phrases “You were wedded to your plan” or “You fought the plan, not the enemy” for much of our careers. However, there is a doctrinal method by which we can avoid the tyranny of “fighting the plan.” The secret is called the Rapid Decision-Making Synchronization Process.

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Training Management: Old is New

by COL Stuart S. Smith

A transition from training that focused on emergent and counterinsurgency fights to training for high-intensity conflict against conventional and hybrid peer threats is needed. To achieve proficiency in training and operations, Armor Branch leaders must be well versed in training management.

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