The J-Series Cavalry Squadron and Its Reconnaissance Mission.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This study is an analysis of the J-series divisional cavalry squadrons ability to conduct reconnaissance in support of a counterattack. Division 86 was the catalyst for evolutionary changes in the conceptual employment of the squadron. The approved operational concept and force structure established reconnaissance as the primary mission of the divisional cavalry squadron while reducing its combat capabilities. The cavalry squadron is no longer a combined arms combat maneuver battalion capable of performing all combat related missions. Analysis reveals divisional cavalry squadrons in World War II performed combat related missions the majority of the time, while spending only three percent of their effort on reconnaissance. Studies, tests, and National Training Center experience has revealed the viability of conducting reconnaissance by stealth. Although the new squadron is presently being fielded, doctrine for the employment of the squadron is inadequate, or nonexistent. Despite the fact that tanks are no longer found within the squadron, judicious employment of M3 CFVs and stealth techniques permit accomplishment of the reconnaissance mission. The study concludes that the US Army has never adequately employed the modern divisional cavalry squadron in reconnaissance. Author
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