Artillery is Here to Stay - For Now
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Field Artillery has to capitalize on emerging opportunities to maintain relevance in a changing environment as the U.S. Army transition from Full Spectrum Operations FSO to Unified Land Operations ULO. This monograph describes how the Field Artillery must change in order to remain relevant in the future. The implementation of TRADOCs broad overarching concept of fires into an effective fighting force requires a holistic assessment of the current state of the Field Artillery. This monograph proposes an alternative option to the current Field Artillery organizational structure to improve the effectiveness of scalable fires, Field Artillery units adaptability for nonstandard missions, and increased role for the Field Artillery in operational and strategic level fires. This monograph recommends expanding the concept of scalable capabilities by decentralizing artillery rocket systems in direct support of brigade combat team and reducing the size of general support artillery units. The Field Artillery can become operationally adaptive by preparing Field Artillery units to conduct specific nonstandard missions when required. Lastly, in order to reestablish the role of the Field Artillery as a relevant option for strategic and operational level fires a direct support relationship between the Field Artillery and special operations forces could increase the use of long-range artillery in support of future operations. As the nature of warfare changes and as the U.S. Army increases responsibility of smaller units the Field Artillery must decentralize artillery units to align the right capabilities to support future requirements.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics