Tactical Breach Operations in Modern Warfare
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis assesses the capability of mechanized and armored battalion task forces to conduct the breaching of obstacles in support of offensive operations. The study gives particular emphasis to analysis of the planning of breach operations at the battalion task force level and the difficulties encountered by units currently in the field. This study seeks the base cause for the high number of breach operation failures at NTC. The study analyzes recent NTC after action reviews for mechanized and armor battalion task forces to determine that cause. Examination reveals there is a considerable shortfall in the planning abilities of numerous battalion task force staffs and commanders. This shortfall has a particularly detrimental affect on breach operations. The basis of this shortfall is a lack of knowledge and adherence to the tactics, techniques, and procedures governing the planning of such operations. Compounding this problem are limited engineer and reconnaissance assets within the battalion task force, as well as an insufficient engineer presence on the battalion task force staff. Further investigation reveals that the actions required to rectify the current shortfall in breaching capability within the battalion task force are attainable and relatively inexpensive.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Combat Vehicles