Accession Number : ADA191038

Title :   Applying the National Training Center Experience: Tactical Reconnaissance.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Goldsmith, Martin ; Hodges, James

PDF Url : ADA191038

Report Date : Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 144

Abstract : During training exercises at the National Training Center (NTC), it has frequently been noted that Blue units enter battle with inadequate reconnaissance information. It was suspected that this lack of combat information is a factor leading to failure in offensive missions. It was the purpose of the present study to examine the importance of reconnaissance to success in the offense, and to analyze the conduct of reconnaissance by training units. Two sources of data were used: the written take-home packages prepared by the Operations Group of the NTC to guide remedial training and data taken in the field for this study by observer/controllers. Analysis of take-home package information covering over one hundred battles showed a strong correlation between successful reconnaissance, leading to accurate knowledge of enemy defensive positions, and a favorable outcome of offensive missions. As expected, the data show that reconnaissance is more frequently successful in deliberate attacks, as compared with movements to contact/hasty attacks. In the case of opposing force (OPFOR) regimental attacks, the correlation between successful reconnaissance and successful attacks is even more pronounced. Thus the importance of reconnaissance is demonstrated, and the perception that training unit reconnaissance lacks consistency is apparently accurate.

Descriptors :   *TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE, *ARMY TRAINING, BATTLES, BLUE(COLOR), COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, PERCEPTION, RECONNAISSANCE, TRAINING, WARFARE, MISSIONS, MILITARY EXERCISES

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE