Jekyll and Hyde in a Tank: The Dilemma of Task Force Battle Command from a Killing System,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the U.S. Armys concept for its Future Main Battle Tank FMBT as a battle command vehicle for the armored task force commander. The monograph first presents the elements of battle command from the armored task force commanders perspective. The study examines the commanders leadership, decision making, and force control requirements separately and as they impact on each other. The study uses the resulting framework to assess the adequacy of a model FMBTs design with respect to the needs of the commander. The monograph next presents a model FMBT in terms of four fundamental parameters of design lethality, survivability, mobility, and sustainability. Current and emerging technologies of the next ten to fifteen years bound the models design feasibility. The study then analyzes how well the model FMBT meets the commanders battle command requirements. Analysis of the tanks conceptual design in terms of versatility, flexibility, and fightability determines that there is a need for a Commanders FMBT. The study concludes that future production of a multifunctional FMBT is possible given its modular crew stations and electronics architecture. Further investigation of the Commanders FMBT concept is necessary and can be done using contemporary research and development tools.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Combat Vehicles