Controlling the Beast Within. The Key to Success on 21st-Century Battlefields
ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS MILITARY REVIEW
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What do I want you to do the gravel-voiced brigade commander roared. I want you to kill them It was 14 November 1997, and the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division the Iron Brigade was taking part in an Advanced Warfighter Experiment at Fort Hood, Texas. The purpose of the exercise was to validate the Armys Force XXI concept. Via computer simulation, the division was testing the effectiveness of the latest digital communications gear, reconnaissance aircraft, and combat systems against a Soviet-modeled armored force. Blips on the brigade command posts giant flat-screen monitor had just indicated that the massive units of the enemy the evil Krasnovians were on the move. The Krasnovian 2nd Army Group was attacking the division. Within the brigades sector, the brigade S2 had rightly predicted that the first echelon of the enemys attack would include two motorized rifle divisions of the enemys 1st Combined Arms Army. If the brigade survived to see it, an enemy tank division would follow. On this, the last day of the exercise, the Iron Brigades bald, physically fit, and imposing commander was putting on a show. If Old Blood and Guts himself, General George S. Patton, had been there, he would have been impressed.
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