Lessons Learned

20-12: Commander and Staff Guide to Multinational Interoperability

This guide addresses three key areas to improved multinational interoperability: introducing a common understanding of interoperability; exploring a framework encompassing the human, procedural, and technical domain solutions to improved interoperability; and showing how leaders can integrate "planning for interoperability" within the operations process.

20-16: Defense of the Cajun Bayou

This book is an effort to reach units prior to their arrival in Louisiana by giving them realistic scenarios to think about while following the Cajun Brigade through the planning and execution of a defense. While reading, take note of the guidance the brigade commander provides his staff. Watch the staff focus on achieving the commander’s guidance through its planning sessions. Study how the staff primaries take an active role in their struggle to understand and apply that guidance. Empathize with them as they do it all under the duress and tyranny of time.

20-568 - FY20 Mission Command Training in Large-Scale Combat Operations - Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) Key Observations

The information in this bulletin is a snapshot of the Army conducting large-scale combat operations. MCTP’s observations are primarily written by a collaborative group of experienced officers, noncommissioned officers, and chief warrant officers working in conjunction with highly qualified expert-senior mentors. MCTP uses several avenues to facilitate shared understanding of Warfighter Exercise (WFX) experiences to educate not just those units preparing for WFXs, but the total Army. Beginning in FY21, the MCTP WFX key observations will be published semiannually by CALL.

20-575 - The Battalion S-1 Section in Large-Scale Combat Operations

The ability to overcome challenges and accomplish any mission remains a hallmark of the American Soldier. To instill this mindset, Soldiers and leaders have streamlined processes to account for conditions associated with large-scale combat operations. For the battalion S-1 section, this happens typically from the comfort of the office in the form of personnel actions, finance actions, customer service, strength management, etc., focusing on the shop and working close to counterparts. However, when operating in a combat environment, S-1 personnel are challenged to adapt their processes.

21-02 - Crossing Under Fire: A Leader's Guide to Planning an Opposed Wet Gap Crossing (CAC Required)

Crossing Under Fire: A Leader's Guide to Planning an Opposed Wet Gap Crossing is written to assist corps, division, and brigade commanders and staffs with visualizing, planning, and executing a crossing of the Army's most challenging obstacle: an opposed wet gap. The intent of this handbook is to consolidate relevant doctrine; tactics, techniques, and procedures; and best practices.

21-04 - Leader Development in Contact

In this handbook, leaders from the National Training Center (NTC) Operations Group examine the art of leadership, its application on the replicated NTC battlefield, and what some of the more successful rotational unit leaders do to build winning teams. Each chapter, written by a senior observer controller/trainer, covers the tactics, techniques, and procedures that have been demonstrated to be successful in a specific warfighting function. Leader Development in Contact will be a valuable addition to every leader's 'professional development toolkit.

21-05 - NTC Fire Support Handbook

At the National Training Center, brigade combat teams (BCTs) have a difficult time establishing, maintaining, and transitioning a permissive fires environment at echelon within the decisive action training environment to shape the BCT deep fight and mass effects in the close fight in support of tactical and operational objectives. This handbook provides the fires community a way to plan, prepare, and execute its mission to establish, maintain, and transition a permissive fires environment at echelon to shape the battlefield.

21-06 - Preparing for Large-Scale Combat Operations

The purpose of this handbook is to set forth the “how to fight” concept and commensurate training techniques at echelon that allow units to succeed at the National Training Center (NTC). Leaders at NTC specifically designed this handbook to help units at echelon understand an operational environment, develop tactics, techniques, and procedures for success, and better understand how to train for this environment at home station.

21-07 - Hard Lessons

Written by the sergeants major (SGMs) of Operations Group, National Training Center (NTC), this handbook was inspired by the book, “66 Stories of Battle Command,” where commanders shared their experiences during NTC rotations and provided “a way” to other commanders before they have to make a decision for a specific situation. The NTC SGMs have the same intentions with the publication of this handbook. The stories include experiences as an operations SGM and command sergeants major (CSM) at the battalion and brigade levels.

21-09 - Leadership Guide to Externally Evaluated Full Scale Exercises

This handbook provides Senior Leaders and Garrison Commanders a guide to the Installation Management Command's (IMCOM) Full Scale Exercise (FSE) Program. It details the role of leaders in training, the design process, the external evaluation process, and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)/Improvement Plan (IP) process. The purpose of this handbook is to provide Installation leadership a timeline for engagement in the FSE process and strategies for planning, execution success, and improvement.


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