Accession Number : AD1038595


Title :   The Future of the Brigade Combat Team: Air-Ground Integration and the Operating Environment


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Cohe,Joab H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1038595.pdf


Report Date : 09 Jun 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 107


Abstract : The Brigade Combat Team is the primary tool for the U.S. Army to support combat operations around the world. As the future operating environment becomes continues to shift and change in both scope and requirements, the U.S. Army must assess current systems to determine their effectiveness. One essential system, air-ground integration, requires attention in order to identify capability gaps for Brigade Combat Teams in order to support future operations. In order to assess the current system, experiences from Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq help to identify future challenges to the operating environment. Once these challenges are assessed, they are compared with other identified future challenges related to enemy capabilities as well as increased multinational partnerships. Based on the current system, shortfalls are present in the Brigade Combat Team's effectiveness to execute air-ground integration and close air support due to demands in personnel and equipment for multinational interoperability. In order to correct this deficiency, the Army and Air Force need to develop a joint solution to produce a greater Terminal Attack Control capacity to support not only U.S. forces but also multinational partners.


Descriptors :   Afghanistan , Measures of effectiveness , combat operations , Vietnam , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , army personnel , requirements , combat effectiveness , operational effectiveness , army operations , military organizations , air power , joint military activities


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE