A Brigade Command Post for the 1985 Armored Division
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examines the required actions of the brigade command post elements for command and control in battle, in Central Europe in 1985. For 1985, this thesis used the newly conceived restructured heavy division and the tactics being developed for it to defeat the Soviet forces it would face in Central Europe. A narrative of this possible 1985 battle emphasizes the actions required by the command post elements. The thesis concludes that the brigade requires three distinct and semi-independent command post elements. A command group is required to position the commander where he is best able to communicate with his commanders and focus the combat power of the brigade. A brigade main command post maintains communications with division, keeps the commander informed of the overall enemy and friendly situation, and does short term planning for the brigade. A displacement team will insure continuity of command. Each element of the command post requires the Tactical Control System. The TCS should be mounted in the Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle not a highly distinctive vehicle like todays command post carrier. Major changes are required in the brigade command post of today if it is to survive on the 1985 battlefield.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors
- Combat Vehicles