Accession Number:

ADA339584

Title:

Field Artillery Support for the Brigade'S Fight.

Descriptive Note:

Monograph,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-12-18

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

Under current fielding plans two FA brigades will reinforce committed divisions. Each brigade consists of two MLRS battalions 3X9 and one CRUSADERPALADIN battalion 155mm, SP, 3X6. A division will be able to use its three cannon battalions as direct support with two 155mm battalions from corps as reinforcing artillery. If all three brigades are committed, at least one brigade will not have reinforcing cannon artillery. While MLRS might be used as reinforcing, its different characteristics render it inappropriate for some close support missions. Compared to the end of the Cold War and Gulf War, there is more MLRS available to support the division and corps fights but less cannon artillery to support the brigades fight. The greater capabilities of PALADIN and CRUSADER, along with more assets supporting the deep fight, will change the amount of fires available. Under these conditions, will the brigade commander have more or less field artillery available and what support will that artillery provide Several classified studies and scenarios determine that overall the field artillery support improves. But the Field Artillery community must be able to tell brigade commanders what it will bring to the battlefield in simple, unclassified terms. This monograph attempts to answer these questions by examining current and future doctrine, field artillery organizations, equipment and capabilities of systems, and historical record. The monograph determines that brigades supported by CRUSADER battalions will receive more artillery support. However, there are occasions when the twenty-four howitzer M1O9A5 battalion provides more support than an eighteen howitzer PALADIN battalion.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Guns

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE