Time for a Change? Composite Field Artillery Battalions
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In response to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States U.S. Army reorganized into a modular Brigade Combat Team BCT structure. Generally viewed as a positive step, the field artillery experienced a difficult transition to modularity. Arguably, field artillery effectiveness has diminished on the battlefield. One possible way to enhance effectiveness involves reorganizing an organic Field Artillery Battalion BN into a composite structure. Within a composite structure, a Field Artillery BN would be composed of a mix of different artillery systems such as cannons and rockets. In the past, other armies employed a composite Field Artillery BN. In the late 1980s, the South African Army created and employed a composite Field Artillery BN against hybrid threats while fighting in southern Angola.
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