Lessons Learned

FY19 Mission Command Training in Large-Scale Combat Operations MCTP Key Observations

Mission Command Training Program trains Army functional/multi-functional/maneuver brigades, divisions, expeditionary sustainment commands, Corps, special operations units, and U.S. Air Force personnel in mission command and large-scale combat operations. This publication provides an overview of the top seven collective trends organized by echelon of command and warfighting function, with additional emphasis on the integration of U.S. Air Force assets, special operations forces, and cyberspace electromagnetic activities.

FY21.1 MCTP Key Observations Bulletin

The information in this handbook is a snapshot of MCTP’s recent observations of Army training in a large-scale combat operations environment. These observations were written by a collaborative group of experienced officers, noncommissioned officers, and chief warrant officers working in conjunction with highly qualified expert-senior mentors. In an effort to increase the frequency of sharing observations, best practices, and trends, MCTP will continue publishing this handbook on a semi-annual basis and print cargo pocket-sized books for easier reference.

GTA 19-10-007: Doctrine SmartCard

Analysts from the Center for Army Lessons Learned, having observed numerous iterations of the Mission Command Training Program’s Warfighter Exercises and Combat Training Center rotations, have identified key doctrinal areas that most junior Soldiers and leaders routinely reference. These include areas relevant to Army planning and Army offensive and defensive operations. This quick reference aid aims to help Soldiers quickly identify and reference key doctrinal terms and steps in high operational tempo training environments.

Knowledge Management Case Studies, Volume II

These Knowledge Management (KM) case studies highlight where an empowered KM officer applied KM principles to solve a problem. The KM officers in each case study achieved success by exercising initiative, applying critical and creative thinking, and ultimately delivering a capability or process that made their teams more effective and efficient. The Army’s data, information, and knowledge environment will continue to become more complex.

Maintaining an Armored Division’s Momentum through a Wet Gap Crossing

A contested wet gap crossing (WGX) is arguably the most difficult mission for an armored division. Not only is it resource intensive, but the WGX poses significant risk to operational tempo and logistical lines that extend across lines of communication. In order to conduct a successful and synchronized WGX, an armored division must assign proper command and control, conduct deliberate WGX planning nested with the military decision-making process (MDMP), task

Mountain Warfare and Cold Weather Operations Leader's Book

Mountains present leaders and units with unique challenges that compound existing difficult combat realities. This handbook addresses the principal gap of informing leaders and staff of the considerations necessary to plan, operate, fight, and win in mountainous terrain at the company level and above. Leaders will find this handbook valuable in prioritizing tasks for training and predeployment planning for any military operations in the mountains.

Musicians of Mars IV: The Mustangs’ War (Deliberate Attack)

LTC Milner and the Soldiers of Task Force (TF) Mustang are back in this final installment of the series. Its focus is on tactical leaders’ decisions as TF Mustang transitions from a hasty pursuit to a more deliberate offensive operation. As with previous volumes, tactical leaders’ decisions, both good and poor, are designed to stimulate discussion of small-unit training, leadership, professionalism, and planning in a large-scale combat operation. Characters in the work, as well as their subordinates, are human and will make mistakes.

News From the CTC - BN S1’s Guide for Success at the National Training Center

This article is for all S1s conducting home station training to prepare themselves for a combat training center rotation and combat. Generally, the battalion S1 understands his or her duties and responsibilities in a garrison environment. However, it is often a different story in a field environment where the S1 can be uncomfortable and unsure of the field duties and expectations from his or her command, especially with someone new to the position.

News From the Front - How the Army Does Smart

This article explains the municipal initiative or trend known as Smart Cities, which includes using "Internet of Things" networks, data collection by cutting edge technologies and sensors, and data-driven decision making. It also covers several years’ worth of Army experiments, proof of concepts, and modernization initiatives related to Smart Cities and Smart Technologies from an Army installation perspective. Finally, it coincides with the recently released Army Installations Strategy and identifies organizations leading installation of the future efforts.

News From the Front: Command Relationships in Defense Support of Civil Authorities

Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) is support provided by U.S. federal military forces, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, DoD contract personnel, DoD component assets, and, in coordination with the governors, federally funded National Guard (NG) forces in response to requests for assistance from civil authorities for domestic emergencies, law enforcement support, and other domestic activities, or from qualifying entities for special events.


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