Artillery and Fire Support for The Interim Force: Do Proposed Changes Meet the Requirements?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The purpose of this monograph is to examine the sufficiency of proposed field artillery and fire support doctrine and organizations for the Interim Brigade Combat Team IBCT. The primary research question is Do proposed changes to fire support doctrine and organizations meet the requirements of the interim force The question is answered by first identifying the context and threats that provide a basis for IBCT organization and employment doctrine. This context provides a basis for a subsequent description of the IBCTs requirements for indirect fires as stated in its Operational and Organizational Concept. These requirements are then juxtaposed against the proposed changes as outlined in the Advanced Fires Concept. The authors analysis concludes that the proposed changes do not meet those requirements as stated in the IBCTs Operational and Organizational Concept. Because of its evolving threats and unique operating environment, the IBCT will require accurate, responsive fire support. The cannon and rocket artillery provided by Army field artillery units will be an integral supplier of those fires. As the Army transforms its maneuver forces in order to provide a more responsive, agile force its supporting artillery and fire support organizations will change as well. The issue is not the probability or necessity of change changes are going to be made and they are, as this monograph establishes, necessary. The issue is the form of these changes. Will changes to both artillery organizations and fire support doctrine meet the requirements of the interim force
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics