VII Corps Artillery in Multi-Domain Operations
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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During WWII and the Persian Gulf War, the US Army synchronized operational fires from the land, air, and maritime domains during Large-Scale Combat Operations. The mechanism was the corps artillery, the single organization with the requisite authority, capability, and capacity to do so. Inadvertently, historical accounts of both conflicts primarily focus on the corps as a whole and do not evaluate the impact of its subordinate corps artillery. Consequently, as the Army prepares to employ Multi-Domain Operations beyond 2028, its operational fires capability is non-existent. Inactivation of the corps artillery to provide manpower for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan removed all means. Hence, this study conducts a comparison of VII Corps Artillery during LSCO to inform the future of Army multi-domain operational fires. Furthermore, the empirical evidence examined supports this monographs thesis that peer threats dictate that the Army must establish the Operational Fires Command or expanded corps artillery.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems