Accession Number : ADA590465


Title :   The Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) in the Future: An Assessment of Capabilities Against the Hybrid Threat in the Future Operational Environment


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Sprang, Ronald W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a590465.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 136


Abstract : Does the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) have adequate capabilities to defeat potential hybrid threats in future operational environments (OE)? The purpose of this research was to assess the three Brigade Combat Teams' (BCTs) effectiveness in unified land operations conducting offensive, defensive, and stability operations against a hybrid threat. The BCTs were evaluated based on their structure, equipment, and skill sets authorized in the 2013 Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOEs), Field Manual 3-90.6, The Brigade Combat Team and the Army FORCES website. Future OEs were defined by using TRADOC's Operational Environments to 2028: The Strategic Environment for Unified Land Operations. The hybrid threat was defined in accordance with Training Circular 7-100, Hybrid Threat. ABCTs have improved training, implemented new doctrine, and received augmented equipment. However, a problem remains: insufficient research to assess the modular ABCT's capabilities and effectiveness in future OEs versus potential hybrid threats. The research plan used a qualitative approach that included an analysis of doctrine and literature, an analysis of the BCTs' capabilities compared to strategic requirements, followed by a tactical case study assessment, and a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of the BCTs against a hybrid threat. The results from the analysis generated findings organized according to the organization, training, materiel, and personnel of the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) framework.


Descriptors :   *ARMORED VEHICLES , *ARMY OPERATIONS , *BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , *LAND WARFARE , *MILITARY CAPABILITIES , *THREATS , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , ARMY EQUIPMENT , ARMY TRAINING , CANADA , COSTS , IRAQI WAR , ISRAEL , LESSONS LEARNED , MANPOWER , MILITARY DOCTRINE , OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , THESES , UNITED KINGDOM , WAR GAMES


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE