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Reconsidering Division-Cavalry Squadrons Part IV

by MAJ Nathan Jennings

Since the U.S. Army adopted tactical modularity in 2004, reorganized its final deployable armored-cavalry regiment as a Stryker brigade combat team in 2011 and, more recently, restructured its battlefield surveillance brigades without cavalry squadrons, it has lacked dedicated and optimized ground formations to conduct forceful information collection above the brigade level.

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Integration of Dismounted Reconnaissance Troop into an Armored Brigade Combat Team

by CPT Alexander Boroff

When 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, incorporated the dismounted reconnaissance troop from 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, into their National Training Center operations, this enabled detailed, integrated and reliable collection at the squadron and brigade combat team level, and at the ABCT.

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The Case for a Medium Tank to Be Incorporated into the Joint Force

by MAJ Jeremy Zollin

The Abrams, although highly successful to date, was built for a different type of warfare and different doctrine, and it has already displayed capability gaps when operating in urban and amphibious environments during the past 15 years. It’s probable a new platform will be needed to fill the gap.

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Moving Cavalry Forward: A Summary of the 2019 Gainey Cup Competition

by CPT Patrick Zang and LTC Jeff Barta

The Maneuver Center of Excellence hosted the fourth biennial Gainey Cup Best Scout Squad Competition April 22-May 3 at Fort Benning, GA. At the conclusion of the nine-day, 10-event competition, the scouts from 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, were the 2019 Gainey Cup champions.

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Get the Hell Out of Dodge: Techniques for Company-Level Alerts

by MAJ L. Burton Brender

Though I had heard of the alert, I wasn’t prepared for the rigor and speed of a well-executed alert, especially one conducted only 18 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. I noticed those who did it the best focused on three areas: the arms room, the motorpool and the headquarters.

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The Black-Letter Law Behind the Silver Spurs: A Judge Advocate’s Perspective on Spur Rides

by MAJ Matt D. Montazzoli

This article will examine the interplay between spur rides and the Army’s prohibition of hazing, with an eye toward helping Cavalry leaders continue the proud tradition of the Order of the Spur in a way that complies with regulations.

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The Fallacy of Logistics Dominance

by MAJ Travis Michelena

Military professionals often echo the importance of logistics but rarely acknowledge or practice the consequences of its loss. However, overconfidence in U.S. Army logistics systems and the abundant availability of supply are likely points of failure in large-scale combat operations.

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The Division’s Role in Breaching Operations

by MAJ John Chambers and MAJ Steve Saxion

In the lead-up to crossing the berm into Iraq, 1st Infantry Division planned, resourced and executed division-level breaching operations in the absence of established doctrine and training to guide it. This is still the case today, as there is scant doctrine that outlines the division’s role in breaching operations.

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Named Area of Interest Development Needs Refined Process

by CPT William Watts and CPT Timothy Lee

Small-group leaders teaching at the Cavalry Leader’s Course have identified an issue with students grasping the concept of named areas of interest development – specifically, when the reconnaissance objective is not “threat”-focused.

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Improving Company Trains

by CPT Timothy G. Russell and CPT Thomas Blaschke

While serving at National Training Center, we observed many units have little to no standard operating procedures for the critical sustainment actions they do every day. In this article, we provide some examples of battle drills, informed by observations at NTC, to incorporate into your SOP as you see fit.

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