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Fri, 2017-12-29 13:00

U.S. ground forces are transitioning away from a period of sustained large-scale counterinsurgencies and preparing for future conflicts. The evolution of ground operations foretell a synthesis of counterinsurgency versus traditional warfare, unconventional versus conventional, and irregular versus regular for future military engagements in Europe. Through a review of the geopolitical environment and strategic and operational theater missions, this study examines not only the role of the ASCC in theater, but also lessons and best practices that can be leveraged for future missions. The primary objective of this special study is to inform Army and joint leaders, and their staffs about the current state and future evolution of U.S. landpower in Europe. The intent is to provide a holistic overview of current landpower in Europe. Staffs, Soldiers, and leaders of USAREUR; its enablers; and the units stationed, deployed, and rotating through Europe can use this study to develop an understanding of the operational environment not available elsewhere. Army Service component commands (ASCCs) and units in other areas of responsibility may find this study a useful model for "seeing themselves." The primary target audience is the theater ground component commander and ASCC staffs. The secondary audience includes Department of Army staff, joint staff, and unified action partners.

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Thu, 2017-12-21 10:17

During warfighter exercises, it had become apparent that division and corps commanders were challenged with mission command of forces in their support areas. The commander of United States Army Forces Command directed commanders to establish a support area command post (SACP) to improve mission command. The Army’s new Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations (06 OCT 2017), incorporates this guidance by modifying the geographical organization of an area of operations. FM 3-0 scales down the size of the support area and adds a consolidation area. The consolidation area will be assigned to a maneuver brigade or division. This enables the maneuver enhancement brigade (MEB) to perform its traditional mission and focus efforts on operations in the support area. FM 3-0 formalizes the requirement for divisions and corps to establish a SACP (its doctrinal name, which is used throughout this handbook) to assist in controlling operations in the support and consolidation areas. This handbook provides divisions, corps, and their enablers several ways to implement recent guidance and doctrine for mission command in their support and consolidation areas. It provides the new doctrine that has been released in FM 3-0 as well as examples of how divisions and corps have employed their SACPs.

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Wed, 2017-12-13 09:45

CALL military analyst Capt. David Beale (right) conducts an interview with Col. Michael J. Simmering, commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (3/4 ABCT) (center); and Sgt. Maj. Joseph J. Nicholson, 3/4 ABCT Operations Sergeant Major; as part of a post-deployment collection visit to Fort Carson, CO, Dec. 5, 2017. In January 2017, 3/4 ABCT, as the regionally allocated heavy brigade, deployed to support U.S. Army Europe and participate in Operation Atlantic Resolve. Observations, lessons, and best practices from this deployment will directly inform the “First 100 Days of … ” company-level and platoon-level leadership handbooks and other CALL products. (Courtesy photo by Marv Decker).

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Tue, 2017-11-14 14:59

Maj. Amy Roznowski, U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group instructor, leads a discussion on international training programs during the U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation Planners Course, Nov. 7-9, 2017. The Center for Army Lessons Learned hosted this three-day course in coordination with the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance. Thirteen students, including U.S. Army civilians and representatives from all four military Services, attended the training. Security cooperation encompasses those activities undertaken by the Department of Defense to encourage and enable international partners to work with the United States to achieve strategic objectives. These include all DOD activities with foreign defense and security establishments that build defense and security relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests, develop allied and friendly military capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access.

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Tue, 2017-11-07 08:32

This CTC Trends Bulletin identifies trends for fiscal year 2016 across the CTCs, based on observations from observer-coach/trainers (OC/Ts) and collection and analysis teams from the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL), with support from various Army Centers of Excellence. A trend is defined in Army Regulation 11-33, Army Lessons Learned Program (14 JUN 2017), as "an identified issue or best practice supported by three or more observations from multiple sources within a reasonable period." CALL collects observations, best practices, and training results from OC/Ts at the CTCs; analyzes them; and compiles them annually in a publication. Organized by Army tactical tasks from the Army Universal Task List, these CTC trends reflect both positive performance (sustains) and areas that need emphasis (improves). CTC trends provide valuable information to units developing and executing training for deployment to a CTC or an operational environment. Each chapter includes recommendations for units to successfully execute identified tasks. This provides a reference for training emphasis at home station. Additionally, identifying and analyzing trends allow doctrine writers, training developers, and other Army problem solvers to receive successful techniques and identify gaps in capability for doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, and personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions. Applying the lessons learned at the unit or the institutional level from trends that are identified enables the Army to be a continually learning organization.

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