Accession Number:

AD1111408

Title:

Light Battalion Task Force Reconnaissance and Surveillance: Clear Vision or Groping in the Dark?

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Monograph]

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-12-31

Pagination or Media Count:

66

Abstract:

This monograph examines the light infantry battalion taskforce in an effort to determine whether it is capable, as currently configured, of conducting effective reconnaissance and surveillance operations. The monograph first explores the theoretical aspects of reconnaissance and surveillance R and S. The writings of Sun Tzu, Frederick the Great, Jomini, Clausewitz, and Guderian are reviewed to distill some fundamental truths about R and S. Next, two historical perspectives are offered. Operations of the 173d Airborne Brigade Separate in Vietnam and the 82d in Grenada are studied to assess how they conducted reconnaissance and surveillance operations. With this background, the paper then examines the performance of todays light infantry battalion R and S system. This portion of the paper is drawn in large measure from analysis of Joint Readiness Training Center take home packages. The study concludes that if the light task force commander doctrinally employs all of his assets, he has the ability to effectively recon and surveil the battlefield. However, today gaps exist between the R and S coverage task force commanders can have, and what they routinely get. This delta is most frequently the result of poor IPB, ineffective use of PIRs, flawed surveillance plans, and inaccurate or untimely reporting.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]