While Waiting on the LOS-F-H, Should We Replace PIVADS with the Bradley?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph addresses a pertinent doctrinal question which must be considered before making a decision to replace the Product Improved Vulcan Air Defense System with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The purpose is to establish a starting point for discussion. The basis is doctrine as outlined in FM 100-5 Operations. The specific research question is--which system is more capable of applying the dynamics of combat power maneuver, firepower, protection and leadership on the modern battlefield The research question is analyzed in the context of the priority missions of Short Range Air Defense weapons systems, which are protecting the force, providing the force with freedom to maneuver and denying the enemy sanctuary. The conclusion is that, with proposed near-term force structure reductions, there may be merit in substituting excess Bradley Fighting Vehicles for Product Improved Vulcans. This is primarily due to its greatly enhanced maneuver capabilities and significantly greater maximum effective range. The monograph outlines many potential problem areas--especially in the area of leadership. These areas need to be addressed before a decision can be made concerning any proposed replacements of weapons systems.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Combat Vehicles