Accession Number : ADA234154

Title :   Adding Thunder to the Lightening-Greater Firepower for the Light Armored Infantry Battalion.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept. AY 89/90,

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

Personal Author(s) : Priddy, John R.

Report Date : 26 MAR 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : Introduction of Light Armored Infantry (LAI) Battalions has presented a dilemma for the Marine Corps' field artillery organization. Intended to furnish a force commander with a self-contained maneuver unit for conducting classic cavalry missions of reconnaissance, security and limited offensive operations, these battalions are composed of wheeled armored vehicles configured to provide a variety of capabilities. Developed to permit independent activities beyond the protection of the main force, these units depend for survival upon the speed and mobility inherent in their vehicles. However, with respect to their security and offensive roles, organic firepower systems are inadequate to enable LAI battalions to achieve their full combat potential. Further, adequate procedures do not exist to provide artillery support which may prove critical to the battalions mission accomplishment.

Descriptors :   ARMORED VEHICLES, ARTILLERY, ATTACK, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, CAVALRY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, FIREPOWER, GROUND VEHICLES, HEARING, INFANTRY, LIGHTWEIGHT, LIMITATIONS, MARINE CORPS, MISSIONS, ORGANIC MATERIALS, RECONNAISSANCE, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), WAR POTENTIAL.

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE