An Analyst's Observations The MSF Commander: Knowledge-Based Force Command Requirements.
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The Mobile Strike Force MSF is a notional division-equivalent force used by the Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC for experimentation associated with Force XXI issues. These issues encompass all the realms of doctrine, training, leader development, organization, materiel, and soldiers DTLOMS. The Battle Command Advanced Warfighting Experiment BC AWE 1994 used the 28 students of the 1993-94 Command and General Staff Officer Course CGSOC Battle Command Elective BCE as the core of the command and staff of the MSF. This command and staff employed the MSF in a series of simulation-driven exercises culminating with the CGSOC exercise Prairie Warrior 94. Subsequent to the BC AWE 94, the leadership of the Army decided to appoint an active duty General Officer as the Commander of the MSF during experimentation in 1995. The BCE was enlarged to include a total of 73 students in 1995 and again formed the command and staff of the MSF, but under newly promoted Brigadier General Geoffrey Miller, previously the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. As an integral part of experimentation the Digitized Battle StaffDBS concept, a Battle Command Battle Laboratory BCBL initiative to reduce staff sizes, and to exploit digitization and information technology, was used to develop the command and staff structure for the MSF. Having analytically supported the BCBL during the 1994 AWE, the TRADOC Analysis Center TRAC was requested to support the BCBL in 1995 as well. The appointment of an active duty general to command the MSF during experimentation was a significant difference between the experiments in 1994 and 1995. The TRAC study team believed that it would be conducive to the support of overall study objectives to directly observe the MSF Commanders actions throughout the experiment.
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