Accession Number : AD1038752

Title :   Optimizing Artillery Fires at the Brigade Level

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

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

Personal Author(s) : Langdeaux, James J

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 85

Abstract : Throughout history, artillery has helped shape the battlefield by allowing maneuver to close with and destroy the enemy. The Field Artillery branch has executed non-traditional in-lieu of missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom that have eroded the experience of the artillery men in executing their pivotal role in the combined arms fight with a regionally aligned force. This thesis examines current doctrine, journals, scholarly articles, and trends from training to define and quantify the ability to: employ joint multi-domain fires, examine the fire support planning and execution tools and to provide insight to the future force (2025 and beyond) to ensure that fires and other warfighting functions remain integrated and synchronized to enable the Brigade Combat Team (BCT). Through the construct of Doctrine, Organizational, Training, Material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMILPF), recommendations to enhance the fires, movement and maneuver warfighting functions to address the complexities of tomorrow are identified to allow a rapid execution of fires in support of maneuver. Recommendations will also include changes in training to ensure leaders at all levels understand how effective fires implemented at the right place and time will allow BCTs the ability to maintain their position of advantage on the battlefield in a decisive action environment.

Descriptors :   artillery , artillery fire , artillery units , doctrine , howitzers , afghanistan conflict , iraqiwar , army training , combat operations , fire support , indirect fire , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , battlefield , missions , army operations

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE