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Overcoming the Odds: How the U.S. Army Can Achieve Indirect Fire Superiority in a Near-Peer Environment

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Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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This study researched a capability gap that has recently been addressed by numerous senior Army leaders how can the U.S. Army mitigate the numerical and range superiority of Russian indirect fires systems in conventional combat The research is conducted as an applied professional case study. It first explores the functional needs of U.S. forces facing Russian formations, and attempts to articulate the gap between capabilities and need. The research then compares professional articles, studies, theses and monographs on past, present and potential future techniques to mitigate or overcome the gap. The research focuses on doctrinal, organizational and leadership training solutions to the problem, which can be implemented at low or no cost. Recommendations are then filtered through the lens of three primary stakeholders in the U.S. Army the Fires Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Combat Training Centers and the Army Capabilities Integration Center. The interests, position and abilities of the stakeholders produces refined solutions that are suitable, feasible and acceptable for the stakeholders. The final recommendations provide warfighters at the tactical level with a short-term means to mitigate the current indirect fires capability gap in conventional comber.

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

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