Artillery Strike Force.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This study investigates the concept of the Artillery Strike Force as a means of accomplishing tactical tasks assigned to the field artillery. Currently the field artillery is assigned a tactical mission direct support, reinforcing, general support reinforcing or general support. Traditionally these missions have placed the artillery in the role of providing support to maneuver forces. The increased capabilities of artillery now allow artillery to accomplish tactical tasks, yet this is not recognized by current doctrine. This monograph reviews the tenets of Army operations and the elements of combat power. The author analyzes the Artillery Strike Force by these tenets and elements. The capabilities of current artillery weapons and munitions are examined along with the concepts of asymmetrical engagement and the ascendancy of fires. The employment of artillery in the Vietnam War and the Gulf War are reviewed for insights for the employment of artillery. The study concludes that the Artillery Strike Force is a valid concept. The Artillery Strike Force not only supports the tenets of Army operations but increases a commanders agility and versatility. The author recommends that the Army develop doctrine that incorporates the assignment of tactical tasks to artillery organizations.
- Military Forces and Organizations