Accession Number : ADA288951

Title :   Light Armor MOUT Doctrine: Imperative Change or Business as Usual?

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

Personal Author(s) : Mosher, Alan M.

PDF Url : ADA288951

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : This monograph discusses whether current U.S. Army doctrine for the use of light armor is sufficient to support tight infantry forces in military operations on urbanized terrain (MOUT) at the brigade level. The U.S. Army will soon replace the M-551A1 Sheridan with the M-8 light tank. The most likely employment of light armor will be with light infantry divisions in contingency operations. The best use of a light division is in restrictive or urbanized terrain. The current urban doctrinal paradigm for armor is that tanks will avoid built up areas. The result of this mind set over many years is that typically armor and light infantry do not train together for MOUT. As a combined arms force, armored and light infantry forces are unprepared for war in urban areas. This monograph evaluates the relevancy of current and emerging U.S. Army light armor MOUT doctrine. It also examines historical lessons learned from armor operations with light infantry in MOUT. It focuses on three areas: (1) the need for light armor to fight in urban areas, (2) the need for combined arms orientation in MOUT, and (3) the need for a common doctrine on how to fight in MOUT.

Descriptors :   *ARMOR, *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *URBAN AREAS, LAND WARFARE, LESSONS LEARNED, EMERGENCIES, INFANTRY, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, TERRAIN, ARMY EQUIPMENT, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), ARMORED VEHICLES.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE