Accession Number : ADA258310


Title :   Protecting the Soft Spot: The Brigade's Combat Service Support in Airland Operations


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Robertson, III, Victor M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258310.pdf


Report Date : 22 Dec 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 74


Abstract : This monograph seeks to answer the question of how we can reduce the risk to the heavy brigade's sustainment system during nonlinear close operations when the enemy has advanced technology. The analysis focuses on the effects of nonlinear close operations, advanced long range target acquisition and weapons technology, and the current vulnerability of the Army's combat service support vehicles. The recommendations meet three criteria: allow the support units to survive, accomplish their support mission, and allow maneuver commanders to generate maximum combat power at the decisive point. The ways to reduce the risk to the brigade's support units include the factors of organization, equipment, training, and tactics. This study formulates recommendations by analyzing a historical case study, current doctrine, and papers related to the Army's future doctrine. The historical case study examines Combat Command A-of the Fourth Armored Division during the encirclement of Nancy in September 1944. Current doctrine used includes FM 100-5, Operations (1986), and relevant combat service support and maneuver doctrine.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *VULNERABILITY , *OPERATION , ORGANIZATIONS , RISK , TARGETS , ENEMY , POWER , DOCTRINE , DIVISION , VEHICLES , MANEUVERS , MISSIONS , CASE STUDIES , ACQUISITION , TRAINING , TARGET ACQUISITION


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE