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WHY JOHNNY CANT DISMOUNT THE DECLINE OF AMERICAS MECHNIZED INFANTRY FORCE  

The Bradely Infantry Fighting Vehicle's(BFV) introduction in 1983 inavgurated fundamental change in the perception of the mechanized infantryman's role in combat for the first time, the mechanized infantry company team passessed the requisite organic fire power to support the man ever of its dismounted infantry while simultaneously supplementing the anti-armour firepower of its accompanying tanks the thesis of this paper is that the price for this capability is a focus on gunnery training at ...Read more >

67 Pages
2.99 MB
COMPLEX WARFIGHTING   

This document represents the Australian Army’s best estimate of the likely future operating environment, and a possible response. The response articulated is not the only possible response, and is not authoritative doctrine. Rather, this is a detailed hypothesis for testing, field trials and further development. This concept is a start point for further analysis, experimentation and force design, leading to capability development it does not represent an endstate in ...Read more >

30 Pages
930 KB
CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT : A PROVEN METHOD FOR CONDUCTING STABILITY AND SUPPORT OPERATIONS  

In the Iraqi theater of operations (ITO), successful conduct of stability and support operations (SASO) requires an imaginative combination of lethal and nonlethal methods. For the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, the combination is known as constructive engagement (CE) and is conducted in battalion sectors throughout Baghdad.1 CE combines the full spectrum of military operations with diplomacy at the tactical level, a strategy described by top commanders in Iraq in a 2004 New York Times ...Read more >

8 Pages
887 KB
EASIER SAID THAN DONE : MAKING THE TRANSITION BETWEEN COMBAT OPERATIONS AND STABILITY OPERATIONS  

When Phase III (decisive operations) of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) commenced in March 2003, the entire world was watching thanks to embedded media personnel and their ability to transmit near-real time reports from the area of operations.2 Throughout the course of this phase we saw the challenges, the failures, and the victories experienced by coalition forces practically as they occurred. On 1 May 2003, when President George W. Bush declared an end to combat operations, one could almost ...Read more >

105 Pages
2.01 MB
THE AMERICAN COUNTERINSURGENCY TRADITION   

Many Americans opposed it, of course, and I need hardly say how hostile much foreign opinion, particularly in Europe was. And even though our conventional operations were overwhelmingly successful, it is clear that in key respects what military planners call Phase IV was a terrible failure. An enemy defeated in battle resumed resistance after his armies were shattered. ...Read more >

9 Pages
560 KB
THE BIG ISSUE : COMMAND AND COMBAT IN THE INFORMATION AGE  

THIS OCCASIONAL CONSIDERS COMMAND AND COMBAT IN THE INFORMATION AGE. IT IS AN issue that takes us into the realms of the unknown. Defence thinkers everywhere are searching forward for the science and alchemy that will deliver operational success. They must reconcile the tantalising possibilities of technology with the enduring nature of the most demanding aspects of combat, framed by post-Cold War strategic realities. A small team in the British Army’s conceptual ‘think tank’, the Directorate ...Read more >

160 Pages
3.56 MB
AMERICA THE VULNERABLE OUR MILITARY PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM   

In 1996, the Foreign Policy Research Institute convened a Defense Task Force composed of distinguished scholars and practitioners to examine the increasingly important debates over U.S. military capabilities in the post–Cold War era. Issues included the roles and missions of our forces, the defense industrial base, and civilmilitary relations. We undertook a second conference in 1998 to explore the culture(s) and ethos of our armed services, and in the fall of 1999 we held a final conference on ...Read more >

130 Pages
1.20 MB
DEFENCE TRANSFORMATION : BACKGROUND AND OVERSIGHT ISSUES FOR CONGRESS  

The Bush Administration identified transformation as a major goal for the Department of Defense (DOD) soon after taking office, and has justified many of its initiatives for DOD in connection with the concept. Defense transformation can be defined as large-scale, discontinuous, and possibly disruptive changes in military weapons, concepts of operations (i.e., approaches to warfighting), and organization. The issue for Congress is how to take the concept of defense transformation into account in ...Read more >

49 Pages
697 KB
FORCE STRUCTURE   

The Army is making progress in creatingactive and National Guard modular combat brigades while fully engaged in ongoing operations, but it is not meeting its equipping goals for active brigades and has not completed development of an equipping strategy for its new force rotation model. This raises uncertainty about the levels to which the modular brigades will be equipped both in the near and longer term as well as the ultimate equipping cost. The Army plans to employ a force rotation model in ...Read more >

46 Pages
1.24 MB
CONFERENCE REPORT A NATION AT WAR   

Is America at war? To the soldier under attack today from a roadside bomb or a group of insurgents in Iraq, the answer seems clear: a resounding yes. The same unequivocal response would have emanated from Afghanistan in 2002, although that theater has suffered from inattention in the intervening years. In Afghanistan, the answer to the war question is a bit harder: soldiers in Kabul recognize that they are at something other than peace, but may not be sure that they are at war . . . and with ...Read more >

218 Pages
1.44 MB
DECEPTION OPERATIONS  

In Soviet terminology, concealment, camouflage, and deception are unified under the word maskirovka. This study shows how systematic and thorough the Soviets are in their approach to maskirovka at all levels strategic, operational, and tactical. Beaumont discusses methods of maskirovka and the relationship between maskirovka and surprise, presenting historical examples of successful Soviet maskirovka operations. The military applications of Soviet research into the psychology of awareness, ...Read more >

40 Pages
21.10 MB
THE BORROWED KNIFE   

Pakistan is the immediate threat. Bangladesh is on the way to becoming a major cause of problems in the immediate future. But it is China that looms in the farther distance as the more ominous cloud, indeed as the years proceed, pakistan's potential to harm India will be even more a reflection of, pakistan will be even more an instrument of China's "Force project on" into South Asia than it is ...Read more >

23 Pages
14.7 MB
DECIDING WHAT HAS TO BE DONE GENERAL WILLIAM E. DEPUY AND THE 1976 EDITION OF FM 100-5 OPERATION   

This single most important origin of today's air land Battle doctrine was the establishment of the U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in 1973 and the writing of a wholly new field manual (FM) 100-5 Operation, under the supervision of the first TRADOC Commander, General William E. Depuy. The writting of that manual, the first doctrinal statement of the post vietnam years, is the topic of this Leavenworth paper. Between 1973 and the manual's publication in 1976, Depuy gave the Army a ...Read more >

139 Pages
23.9 MB
EVOLUTION OF WARFARE  

The purpose of the Evolution of Warfare course is to provide the Marine Option midshipmen with a very basic understanding of the art and concepts of warfare from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. Emphasis should be placed upon educational value, vice training. The intent of the curriculum is to familiarize the student (future Marine officers) with an understanding of the threads of continuity and the interrelations of political, strategic, operational, tactical, and ...Read more >

57 Pages
1.33 MB
THE COMMAND OF THE AIR  

Aeronautics opened up to men a new field of action, the field of the air, in so doing it of necessity created a new battlefield; for wherever two men meet, conflict is inevitable. In actual fact aeronautics was widely employed in warfare long before any civilian use was made of it. Still in its infancy at the outbreak of the world war, this new science received then a powerful impetus to military development.The practical use of the air arm was at first only vaguely ...Read more >

405 Pages
37.4 MB
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