To Fight or Not to Fight? Organizational and Doctrinal Trends in Mounted Maneuver Reconnaissance from the Interwar Years to Operation Iraqi Freedom
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In 1999, the annual Armor Conference featured a typical lineup of guest speakers, technology demonstrations, and discussion venues intended to showcase the Armor Branch and generate new ideas for its future development. The conference included a short information briefing on the status of the Future Scout and Cavalry System FSCS. At the time, this platform was to become the primary mounted reconnaissance vehicle. The presentation proved unremarkable until the speaker mentioned the medium caliber armament intended for the FSCS. Questions quickly arose from the officers, noncommissioned officers NCOs, Army civilians, and Defense contractors in attendance regarding the need for this weapon. Before the briefer could respond, other audience members rose to the defense of the intended armament. The event disintegrated into a verbal fisticuff.
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