Defensive Operations in a Decisive Action Training Environment
Technical Report,01 Dec 2015,31 Dec 2016
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA FORT BELVOIR United States
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In a collaborative effort with members of the Joint Readiness Training Center Warrior Leadership Council, we explored if a guide on Defensive Operations DO could improve units performance during their Combat Training Center CTC rotations. A comparison was made between control and experimental groups. The experimental group received a Guide for DO with the intent of improving performance on Planning, Execution, and Overall performance. There were no significant differences between control and experimental groups. Further analysis revealed that units with a Tactical Standard Operating Procedure TSOP for DO were more likely to carry out the necessary DO tasks and perform them better than units who did not have a TSOP. Additionally, units that had conducted a Field Training Exercise FTX within the past 12 months also performed consistently better than units who had not conducted an FTX. Conducting DO is critical to executing Decisive Action as part of Unified Land Operations. Units that have established operational procedures, and have had a chance to practice them, are likely to perform better on critical tasks during their CTC rotations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics