Enabling Rapid Integration of Combined Arms Teams into a Brigade Combat Team Organizational Structure
Technical Report,01 May 2012,31 May 2014
ICF INTERNATIONAL INC FAIRFAX VA FAIRFAX United States
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The purpose of the research is to identify the factors that facilitate and hinder specialized team integration into Brigade Combat Teams BCTsConventional Force CF units. Using the Battlefield Surveillance Brigades BfSB Multi-Functional Team MFT as the exemplar, a set of integration tools for ensuring the rapid integration of MFTs into the supported maneuver units organization and mission set were developed and evaluated. The research began with a review of relevant publications doctrine and academic literature to identify factors that facilitate and hinder specialized team integration. To expand and validate the literature review results, interviews and focus groups were conducted with Army subject matter experts SMEs who had direct experience with small team integration with conventional forces CF to better understand the factors influencing effective integration as well as to better understand current Army integration training and the preparation of Soldiers on these specialized teams. Following the data collection, a set of tools to support the rapid integration of MFTs into BCTs were developed, and a formative evaluation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the tools.