Accession Number : ADA190831

Title :   Airland Battle and the Division Artillery Counterfire Dilemma,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Redlinger, Mark J

PDF Url : ADA190831

Report Date : 30 Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This monograph searches for an answer to the question: Does the current division artillery have the capability to perform both its direct support and counterfire missions effectively within the demands of AirLand Battle Doctrine? A lessons-learned examination of counterfire from World War Two until the present is the starting point, highlighting those historically key elements which counterfire doctrine should address. Secondly, the monograph examines the missions of division artillery in the perspective of AirLand Battle Doctrine. Thirdly, we will compare American and Soviet artillery doctrine and weapon systems. This comparison seeks to understand the artillery employment on a European battlefield and to answer the question whether the current division artillery structure can accomplish its mission. Finally, the paper proposes a possible solution to reconciling the dilemma faced by the division artillery commander and his counterfire mission. This proposal will suggest a doctrinal change which once again places the counterfire mission primarily with the corps artillery commander. Along with this doctrinal change will be the formation of counterfire battalions consisting of target acquisitions assets and multiple launched rocket system batteries. These counterfire battalions will be located at corps artillery.

Descriptors :   *ARTILLERY, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ARTILLERY UNITS, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, DOCTRINE, GUNFIRE, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, EMPLOYMENT, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, USSR, WEAPON SYSTEMS, EUROPE, WARFARE, UTILIZATION, HISTORY, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN)

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE