19-08 - Musicians of Mars III Handbook
PDF | Published 12 Feb 2019
Musicians of Mars III “The Cobra Strikes” picks up the tale of LTC Milner and Task Force Mustang in the aftermath of their successful defense (in CALL Handbook 16-12, Musicians of Mars II) of engagement area Blackjack. The responses to that publication from our tactical audiences was that there was appetite for a follow-on publication that emphasized offensive operations. This volume delivers. As with Musicians of Mars II, this handbook takes the reader through a fictional scenario where the tactical leaders make decisions, some good and some not so good, that impact subsequent actions. Musicians of Mars III will have its leaders learning and improving as they progress through tactical engagements. This was intentional in the development of this publication, and is designed to facilitate tactical discussions at the company and platoon levels.

19-06 - Advising at the Senior Level Handbook
PDF | Published 01 Feb 2019
Advising at the Senior Level offers advisors at senior or ministerial levels a perspective on operating more efficiently with international governments, ministries of defense, embassies, and foreign security forces. It bridges gaps in expertise when advising at the ministerial level through insights and best practices -- highlighting what senior advisors do, how the operational environment differs, and describing how to integrate through the processes of the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the partner nation. Our purpose is to provide key insights and best practices for senior advisors in a convenient reference that enables their work at the ministry, department, and component levels. The insights in this handbook are applicable down to the tactical level and should be shared widely.

18-37: The Army Combat Fitness Test Handbook
PDF | Published 27 Sep 2018
This handbook is a compilation of products developed by the Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT) in preparation for the Army-wide implementation of the ACFT. Refinements are expected as testing units provide feedback, but in the interim, this handbook provides commanders, leaders, and Soldiers with a guide to preparing for and administering the ACFT.

18-33 - Transition to a Joint Force Headquarters - Planning Insights for Echelons Above Brigade Handbook
PDF | Published 02 Aug 2018
The Transition to a Joint Force Headquarters - Planning Insights for Echelons Above Brigade Handbook leverages Center for Army Lessons Learned collections in active joint operation areas and joint exercises to provide commanders and staffs at echelons above brigade a guide to transitioning to a joint force headquarters. Our purpose is to provide key insights, lessons, and best practices for commanders and staffs at echelons above brigade for forming and operating as a joint headquarters. The areas of emphasis in this handbook are: forming the joint headquarters; planning and operating in the joint/combined operating environment; building the command and control architecture; integrating force enablers; and, leveraging joint, interorganizational, and multinational processes.

18-28: Operating in a Denied, Degraded, and Disrupted Space Operational Environment Handbook
PDF | Published 15 Jun 2018
The space domain is a vital component of the emerging concept of multi-domain battle and the warfighter is reliant on the capabilities it provides to be successful in executing operations. This collaboratively produced handbook will give the warfighter techniques and strategies to successfully operate in a denied, degraded, and disrupted space operational environment (D3SOE).

18-24: The First 100 Days of Platoon Leadership Handbook
PDF | Published 15 May 2018
This volume for new platoon leaders and platoon sergeants contains insights on leadership, training management, Army systems, and more. Vignettes and lessons from current and former platoon-level leaders allow newly assigned leaders to learn from those who have gone before.

18-16: Maneuver Leader's Guide to Stinger
PDF | Published 26 Apr 2018
The Chief of Staff of the Army directed the Army to execute a plan to increase short-range air defense (SHORAD) capability. The immediate solution is to train and arm teams of Soldiers organic to select brigade combat teams with Stinger missiles. This directive is one line of effort as the force structure for a dedicated maneuver SHORAD capability increases. This handbook is meant to serve as a guide for the maneuver leader to help train and employ their Stinger teams.

18-06 - Leader’s Guide to Digital Liaison Detachment handbook
PDF | Published 29 Dec 2017
This handbook provides leaders and supporting staff in the operational Army with an overview of how to plan, train, and leverage the capabilities of digital liaison detachments (DLDs) that render a critical capability for mission command liaison and interoperability. Also included are operational insights from Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) assessment teams during exercises Anakonda 16 and Saber Guardian 17. DLDs are assigned or attached to selected theater armies and Army Service component commands. They are employed at theater armies or in support of corps and division echelons. These teams provide an Army Forces (ARFOR) commander with the capability to conduct liaison with subordinate or parallel joint and multinational headquarters within the operational area.

18-04 - Mission Command in the Division and Corps Support Area Handbook
PDF | Published 21 Dec 2017
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.

17-13: Tactical Combat Casualty Care Handbook, Version 5
PDF | Published 17 May 2017
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Handbook updated to reflect current best practices for 2017

17-03 Theater Security Cooperation: The Military Engagement Team Handbook
PDF | Published 20 Jan 2017
This handbook describes the Military Engagement Team (MET) and its use in strengthening and building partnerships. Additionally it describes MET structure, training and operational employment as well as its training and structure. This handbook will provide value for future MET members in order to better understand the MET. It is also useful for MET and non MET members alike who will be conducting engagements with partner nations.

17-01: Scouts in Contact; Tactical Vignettes for Cavalry Leaders Handbook
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2016
Looking for innovative ways to train junior leaders in reconnaissance? Look no further. Vignettes, developed by the subject matter experts at NTC, lead teams through a variety of scenarios that will challenge and mature your young reconnaissance leaders’ decision-making skills. Facilitator instructions guarantee you have the information needed to make you and your reconnaissance teams successful!



19-03 - Multinational Joint Forcible Entry Operations Blue Flag/JWA 2018 Newsletter
PDF | Published 19 Dec 2018
In May of 2018, 7,000 personnel from 162 organizations representing the militaries of the United States and nine NATO partners converged on five training sites in southern Germany as part of the U.S. Army’s first Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA). The common goal was to advance their collective ability to overcome aggression from a near-peer competitor in Europe. In pursuit of this goal, they trained to fight as a single, cohesive, and multinational division against a near-peer adversary. This training produced numerous lessons, many of which are detailed throughout this publication, about how to foster interoperability and about which concepts and capabilities will enable multi-domain operations (MDO). JWA 18 was an important step forward for the Army as it seeks to adapt the force to the demands of a rapidly changing and complex world.

CALL Insider Newsletter 1st Quarter, FY2019
PDF | Published 17 Dec 2018
After almost six months as CALL Director, I've made a few organizational changes that are primarily invisible to you, but are efforts that further CALL’s mission in driving change and supporting the Army as it transitions to a large-scale ground combat operations focus. Expect to see our products and collections reflect that change as we support exercises and deliver handbooks and other publications.

CALL Insider Newsletter September 2018
PDF | Published 12 Sep 2018
This is an exciting and challenging time to be a Soldier. As the new Director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, my principal goal is to continue our organization?s service as one of the drivers of Army change and the Army?s daily focal point for adaptive learning ? providing timely and relevant knowledge to our warfighters. Our Army?s warfighting shift from counterinsurgency to near or peer competition and conflict requires deliberate learning, sharing, and training for large-scale operations.

CALL Insider Newsletter MAY-JUN 2018
PDF | Published 25 Jul 2018
One of my regrets as I wrap up my two years as the Director of CALL and 30 years of military service is that I did not give enough back to the Army so that the Army as a whole could learn. I was very good at conducting unit After Action Reviews and implementing unit-level changes, but was not good at informing the Army institution through writing articles to periodicals and submitting After Action Reports to CALL and others to use in driving necessary changes for problem resolution and to share best practices for adoption by others. This is an inherent responsibility for every member of the Army and particularly for Commanders. The better we do at this the more ready and lethal we will be. Learn from my lesson and do better at this than I did.

CALL Insider Newsletter Mar-Apr 2018
PDF | Published 17 May 2018
In my almost two years as CALL Director, I’ve asked for and received feedback from Soldiers and leaders in the field: What products are you using? What topics should we be covering? How can we keep you informed on trends in the force? We have always listened, and whenever possible, we have taken steps to drive change and improve our processes. On this note, I am pleased to announce an upcoming product that incorporates two feedback initiatives. Our “The First 100 Days for Platoon Leadership” handbook, expected publication in May, is a direct result of Soldier input to members of our collection teams. Further, we are making it available via our new pre-order capability. Now you can visit our CAC-enabled website, select items for pre-order, and have those products sent directly to your unit as soon as they arrive at the Army Training Support Center warehouse. Please let us know how this initiative is working at your level.

CALL Insider Newsletter Jan-Feb 2018
PDF | Published 01 Mar 2018
CALL Insider Newsletter Jan-Feb 2018

18-10 - Brigade Sustainment in Decisive Action Operations Newsletter
PDF | Published 02 Feb 2018
The following collection outlines observations and best practices from the National Training Center (NTC). It exposes the challenges of providing sustainment in a decisive action environment but should assist units to tie the sustainment plan with the scheme of maneuver. It should also help develop home station training to address current gaps and shortfalls observed at the NTC.

18-08 Defense Institution Building Perspectives on Ministerial Advising Newsletter
PDF | Published 18 Jan 2018

The topics examined in this newsletter include the following:

  • How illicit actors function as primary roadblocks in the path to peace.
  • How the DIB program at the U.S. European Command works with partner nations to help these nations move toward intellectual interoperability with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • How NATO is building the Afghan government’s capacity to sustain itself into the future.
  • How to
    • Interact with senior foreign officials in the Islamic world.
    • Apply lessons learned when advising the Afghan Army Chief of the General Staff.
    • Address coalition lessons and responsibilities in Afghan corruption reform.
    • Advise the Afghan Minister of Defense.

CALL Insider Newsletter SEP-NOV 2017
PDF | Published 30 Nov 2017
Recently, I read an article from MAJ John Spencer at Modern War Institute and published in the Washington Post that really hit home for me. In “How the Military is Making it Hard to Remember our Wars,” MAJ Spencer notes the unfortunate loss of historical records during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of a lack of individual knowledge and established procedures when we transitioned from paper-based to digitally-based records. The magnitude of this loss in terms of history and lessons for the Army is incalculable. Here at CALL, we are committed to collecting, archiving, and sharing lessons from the field, so the importance of units saving and forwarding that information to us cannot be overstated. This effort guides all of our actions.

CALL Insider Newsletter Jul-Aug 2017
PDF | Published 13 Sep 2017
This month we delivered several highly anticipated products that I am sure will benefit your units and formations. The “Radio and System Operators Handbook,” Version 2, updates one of our most requested products with step-bystep instructions for operating radios and systems up through Capability Set 15. We also released “Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Required to Win the First Fight” and “Fighting with Fires” in collaboration with the subject matter experts at the National Training Center. I think you will find these Newsletters useful as you prepare for decisive action rotations.

17-19: Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Newsletter
PDF | Published 07 Aug 2017

Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Required to Win the First Fight

This newsletter consists of ten chapters focusing on ten fundamental skills designed to communicate doctrinal solutions to the persistent observations from the National Training Center. The goal is to better prepare brigade combat teams to decisively win the first fight of the next war. These fundamental skills will enable leaders at echelon to quickly understand issues and change their training strategies, as required.
1. Commander-driven operations process
2. Combined arms breaching
3. Decisive action in an urban environment
4. Operations in a cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA)-denied environment
5. Reconnaissance and security
6. Digital fires capability (sensor to shooter)
7. Counterfire
8. Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) in decisive action
9. Joint force integration and interoperability
10. Sustainment in decisive action These ten fundamental skills were derived from senior leader input, persistent observations, and trends. They will be re-evaluated and updated regularly to ensure the National Training Center operations group provides the best feedback to the force that will enable brigade combat teams’ success.

CALL Insider Newsletter May-Jun 2017
PDF | Published 11 Jul 2017
CALL Insider include two catalogs we produced last month based on topics trending in the Army community. Subterranean Ops and Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction both provide the user with a compilation of doctrine, handbooks, information papers, after action reports, and historical documents that CALL analysts determined were relevant and would assist Soldiers and unit leaders.


News from the Front

NFTF - Multinational Interoperability: Tactical-level considerations in Afghanistan
PDF | Published 08 Mar 2019
This article highlights Task Force (TF) Manchu operations, activities, and actions focusing on deployment train-up, mission planning, and mission execution. The TF executed three lines of effort (LOEs) in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel: 1. Protecting the largest base in Afghanistan (Bagram Airfield), 2. Disrupting the enemy, and 3. Enabling Afghan partners. The seamless execution of these LOEs helped TF Manchu excel at multinational interoperability.

NFTF - Tactical Staff Considerations for Winning In a Denied, Degraded, and Disrupted Space Operational Environment
PDF | Published 26 Feb 2019
This paper discusses the space equities within the electromagnetic spectrum, specifically the military's reliance on Global Positioning System (GPS); satellite communications (SATCOM); and space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms, as well as the corresponding mitigating tasks necessary to retain the Unites States' advantage in space. The ability of the U.S. Army to operate in a D3SOE ensures increased levels of force protection for its Soldiers while preserving its means to deliver devastating effects upon enemy forces.

NFTF -- Filling Operational Capability Gaps in Theater
PDF | Published 21 Feb 2019
This article describes how Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) worked toward implementing the Over the Horizon (OtH) concept. In a changing operational environment (OE) with limited resources and the need to seize opportunities, CJTF-OIR utilized available theater forces as an expeditious means to surge capacity where and when needed.

Critical Enablers to Conducting Effective Advise, Assist, Accompany and Enable (A3E) Missions
PDF | Published 15 Feb 2019
This article examines 1st Squadron, 98th Cavalry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (Mississippi National Guard) in its advise, assist, accompany and enable (A3E) mission with the Iraqi 9th Armored Division. It covers a variety of observations, lessons, and insights from training to cultural awareness. It also addresses the inevitable challenges associated with an A3E mission and the reconciliation to reinforce the trust and relationship building with a partner nation.

NFTF - Commanders Guide for Driving Change: The Learning Organization Framework
PDF | Published 29 Jan 2019
Is your unit consistently focused one or two echelons below, with fast approaching training events, missions, and 50 meter targets, without much consideration for sharing observations and lessons upon completion of events? If so, you are not alone -- this is a common pitfall of our busy profession; however, it is a resolvable issue given a relevant Learning Organization Framework. Highly developed learning organizations place emphasis on long-term problem solving, consistently modifying behavior, and sharing observations and lessons across the Army enterprise. To address the challenges of becoming a learning organization, leaders apply foresight, insight, and the education and training space required to create the conditions for learning. To effectively learn and ultimately solve problems, a process for developing, observing, capturing, sharing, and modifying lessons can be integrated into training and mission plans.

NFTF - Theater Intelligence Primer
PDF | Published 17 Jan 2019
The intent of this primer is to educate commanders and senior staff to be involved, supportive consumers of intelligence. The goal is not to repeat doctrine—although doctrine references are noted. It provides the means by which the Combatant Command Commander (CCDR) can develop relationships with the defense intelligence enterprise and drive the intelligence effort. It places emphasis on how intelligence professionals should work to understand what the J5/J3/CCDR needs, and share the tools they have available.

News From the Front - The 404th Civil Affairs Battalion: Enabling Capacity Building Through English Discussion Groups (EDGs): The Pros and Cons
PDF | Published 10 Dec 2018
English Discussion Groups (EDGs) have been an enduring mission of the Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) in Djibouti since 2007. EDGs are not new to the Army and are considered a component of capacity building, but this type of mission has not been addressed in civil affairs doctrine since the late sixties. It has, however, reemerged as a priority line of effort for the CA BN deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Djibouti. This document describes the various EDGs currently in operation in Djibouti and is meant to summarize the strengths and weaknesses of this as an enabling activity in the region. The information is presented from the perspective of the Civil Information Management Cell officer-in-charge.

NFTF - Rapid Equipping Force: The Commander's Option to Quickly Address Equipment Gaps
PDF | Published 10 Dec 2018
When there is an equipment (hardware, software, weapon, tool, etc.) capability gap, what solutions does a unit have at its fingertips? The United States Army provides units with two means to solve the issue: the Operational Needs Statement (ONS) and the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) 10-Liner Request for Capability. If the need is urgent, the REF 10-Liner is the way to go. The purpose of this article is to explain the REF 10-Liner and detail the very easy-to-complete form in order to help Soldiers and leaders.

NFTF - The 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, Counter Illicit Trafficking Training in Tanzania
PDF | Published 06 Dec 2018
One of the missions of the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is to conduct counter illicit trafficking (CIT) training in Tanzania; it is one of the unit's enduring and perhaps more interesting missions in Africa. Aside from the pure training aspect, the mission demonstrates suitable nesting with the lines of effort of the CJTF-HOA campaign support plan, the benefits of multiagency contribution, specific properties associated with greater success in building partner capabilities/capacity and finally the importance of using the CA BN's civil information management cell to analyze information for situational awareness and to establish an assessments program to evaluate effectiveness in order to modify courses of action as needed.

NFTF - Army Logistics-Over-the-Shore: Nautical Horizon 18
PDF | Published 15 Oct 2018
The purpose of this NFTF is to highlight the complexities involved with logistics-over-the-shore. It is presented in two parts: one an overview from CALL analysts stationed forward in the AOR and another excerpted from a SUSTAINER article.

NFTF - Class VIII Blood Supply Support to Current Operations for Medical Planners
PDF | Published 03 Oct 2018
This article discusses the challenges of providing class VIII blood and blood products to austere theaters of operation. In many of the austere locations the Army operates in, countries do not meet the medical standard that the U.S. requires. Therefore, perishable Class VIII items must be supplied and sustained in theater from the U.S. or U.S. approved stores such as the Armed Services Blood Bank Center - Europe (ASBBC-E). While this article focuses on the Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the insights and information provided are pertinent to all theaters and should interest medical service corps planners across the Army.

NFTF: The Tropical Medicine Course CJTF-HOA for Medical Personnel Deployed to Africa
PDF | Published 02 Oct 2018
The endstate of the Military Tropic Medicine (MTM) Course is to increase force health protection (FHP) and troop readiness, just as FHP was a primary endstate for Britain and U.S. interests with regard to tropical diseases more than a century ago. A more immediate objective in achieving the endstate is to provide medical personnel with relevant knowledge and understanding to address medical issues specific to deployment areas, especially for those who may be a considerable distance from a military base.


Other Products

19-10 - Set The Theater Catalog
PDF | Published 06 Mar 2019
This catalog provides references for commanders and staff to enhance their understanding of the concept and details of setting a theater. The resources listed include current doctrine, handbooks, articles and other publications focused on setting the theater.

News From the CTC: Leveraging Information at the Brigade Level
PDF | Published 14 Dec 2018
Information related capabilities (IRCs) can be effectively exercised during Phase III operations at the brigade (BDE) level. Successfully integrating IRCs improves BDE operations during all phases. Units have varying degrees of success in leveraging information for Phase III. This article outlines some observations Observer, Coach, Trainers at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center made regarding U.S. and NATO Allies and partners as they executed decisive action rotations.

19-01: Security Cooperation and the State Partnership Program Bulletin
PDF | Published 23 Oct 2018
The State Partnership Program (SPP) is a Department of Defense (DOD) security cooperation program, managed and administered by the National Guard Bureau (NGB), executed and coordinated by the geographic combatant commands (GCCs), with personnel sourced by the National Guard. It is an innovative, small-footprint tool supporting the security cooperation goals of the GCCs and the U.S. Chief of Mission (CoM) for the partner nation (PN). This publication provides an overview of program highlights and activities.

News From the CTC: Questions of MGS PLT Relationships Within the SBCT
PDF | Published 10 Oct 2018
The purpose of this article is to discuss the command and control relationship and employment of the mobile gun system (MGS) platoon within the Stryker Brigade. The observations have been collected by the JMRC Observer Controllers during a unit's rotational exercise.

Director's Action Group Report - Considerations for Multi-Domain Operation Success
PDF | Published 28 Sep 2018
This primer proffers a consideration for the identification of a functional combatant command as the lead DOD entity to integrate, synchronize, and coordinate multi-domain operations (MDO) across the United States Government (USG). This primer also includes planning considerations for commanders to employ MDO.

Director's Action Group Report - The Next Arms Race
PDF | Published 28 Sep 2018
Within the next 10-20 years technological advancements will be the catalyst for the next arms race. Unlike the nuclear build-up of the Cold War, the next arms race will centrally focus on two lines of efforts: autonomous systems using artificial intelligence (AI) with humans-out-of-the loop, and anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon systems.

News From the CTC: Questions of MGS Platoon Relationships within SBCT
PDF | Published 20 Sep 2018
The purpose of this article is to discuss the command and control relationship and employment of the mobile gun system (MGS) platoon within the Stryker Brigade. The observations have been collected by the JMRC Observer Controllers during the unit’s rotational exercise.

News From the CTC: Saber Guardian 17 ISB Operations
PDF | Published 18 Sep 2018
In July 2017, more than 25,000 service members from 22+ nations participated in one of the largest exercises in the Black Sea Region as part of exercise Saber Guardian 17 (SG 17). Key highlights of the exercise included the successful insertion of multinational airborne and special operations forces into multiple locations of the joint operations area and the use of an intermediate staging base (ISB) in Hungary to build combat power enroute.The goal of this paper is to provide insights, lessons learned, best practices, tactics, techniques, and procedures and other observations made by Observer Coach/Trainer (OC/T) teams from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center on the complexities of ISB operations during SG 17.

News From the CTC: Camouflage in Medical Operations
PDF | Published 14 Sep 2018
This article discusses the use of camouflage in medical operations. Specifically, it looks at the use of the red cross, facts surrounding the issue from a doctrinal standpoint, and common myths on the topic.

News From the CTC: Camouflage in Medical Operations
PDF | Published 14 Sep 2018
This article discusses the use of camouflage in medical operations. Specifically it looks at the need to use red crosses and the facts of the issue from a doctrinal standpoint dispelling common myths on the topic.

News From the CTC: Questions of MGS Platoon Relationships within the SBCT
PDF | Published 12 Sep 2018
The purpose of this article is to discuss the command and control relationship and employment of the mobile gun system (MGS) platoon within the Stryker Brigade. The observations were collected by JMRC OCTs during a unit rotational exercise.

18-30 - Permanent Executive Secretariat Conference of American Armies Volume III
PDF | Published 03 Jul 2018
This is the third and final Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) bulletin covering the U.S. Army hosting of the 32nd cycle of the Conference of American Armies (CAA). This bulletin serves as a guide for planning and executing CAA events organized by the Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Conference of American Armies (PESCAA) at the culmination of a two year cycle. It provides a combination of lessons learned and best practices to facilitate planning, coordination, and execution of CAA conferences in accordance with the organization’s bylaws.