Command and Control of River Crossings: Does Current Doctrine Support AirLand Battle Doctrine Intent?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study analyzes critical components of the initiative and synchronization tenets of AirLand Battle doctrine and Command and Control doctrine to determine if command and control of river crossing doctrine is compatible. It examines these critical components from the perspective of the non-linear, chaotic battlefield environment which stresses the use of decentralized execution and rapidity of operations. The study uses successful and unsuccessful historical river crossings as a basis for determining the criticality of doctrinal shortcomings between river crossing doctrine versus AirLand Battle and U.S. Army command and control doctrines. The study concludes that current river crossing doctrine does not adequately support AirLand Battle and U.S. Army command and control doctrines, in that the hasty river crossing is not doctrinally provided for in order to meet the challenges of the future battlefield.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics