Field Artillery in Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The recent publication of the Army Operating Concept 2016-2028 AOC and the Army Functional Concept for Fires FCF conceptualize doctrine for the Fires War Fighting Function WFF. These documents introduced the concepts of Combined Arms Maneuver CAM and Wide Area Security WAS as the U.S. Armys core competencies and delineated requirements for the Fires WFF in these operations. A review of these documents reveals that Fires WFF must inculcate the lessons learned from conducting various operations over the last 10 years while regaining an expertise in delivering massed fires in support of CAM operations. With the new AOC, times have changed again for the FA. The AOC specifically requires the FA to conduct both fires and non-fires tasks, thus potentially cementing the in-lieu-of missions into the core competencies of the FA. This thesis explores the following question Can Field Artillery adapt its organization, training, and materiel to the new U.S. Army Operating Concept and remain relevant After exploring the current state of the FA with respect to doctrine, training, and materiel, the thesis will examine the missions the FA performed historically in hybrid threat environments. Then, using the AOC, the thesis will identify the potential gaps in the organization, training, and materiel of the FA to answer the central question. Given this information, the thesis will examine the ways in which the FA can -- with reasonable changes to its organization, training, and materiel -- maintain relevant WAS operations skills while regaining its expertise in delivering fires in support of CAM.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics