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Division's Fight for Information: Ground Reconnaissance in a Mechanized World

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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Army School of Advanced Military Studies FORT LEAVENWORTH United States

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For the past several years, the US Armys proficiency in counterinsurgency operations expanded, arguably at the expense of other competencies. As the Army transitions back towards division-level operations, the need for timely and accurate information provided by reconnaissance and security assets will be greater than ever. While the division commander has numerous dedicated aviation assets at his disposal, noticeably absent in the current organizational structure is a dedicated ground element. Unlike its aviation counterpart, a ground reconnaissance unit can occupy terrain, a capability that is vital for a commanders ability to exploit battlefield opportunities. The experiences of the 82d ARB in World War II and 1-4 CAV in Desert Storm illustrate the necessity of a ground reconnaissance force. By emphasizing reconnaissance and security training and education in the divisions subordinate units, the commander has options in the absence of a dedicated element.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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