Accession Number : ADA305998

Title :   An Analyst's Observations The MSF Commander: Knowledge-Based Force Command Requirements.

Corporate Author : TRADOC ANALYSIS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Ingram, Michael C.

PDF Url : ADA305998

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The Mobile Strike Force (MSF) is a notional division-equivalent force used by the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for experimentation associated with Force XXI issues. These issues encompass all the realms of doctrine, training, leader development, organization, materiel, and soldiers (DTLOMS). The Battle Command Advanced Warfighting Experiment (BC AWE) 1994 used the 28 students of the 1993-94 Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) Battle Command Elective (BCE) as the core of the command and staff of the MSF. This command and staff employed the MSF in a series of simulation-driven exercises culminating with the CGSOC exercise Prairie Warrior 94. Subsequent to the BC AWE 94, the leadership of the Army decided to appoint an active duty General Officer as the Commander of the MSF during experimentation in 1995. The BCE was enlarged to include a total of 73 students in 1995 and again formed the command and staff of the MSF, but under newly promoted Brigadier General Geoffrey Miller, previously the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. As an integral part of experimentation the Digitized Battle Staff(DBS) concept, a Battle Command Battle Laboratory (BCBL) initiative to reduce staff sizes, and to exploit digitization and information technology, was used to develop the command and staff structure for the MSF. Having analytically supported the BCBL during the 1994 AWE, the TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC) was requested to support the BCBL in 1995 as well. The appointment of an active duty general to command the MSF during experimentation was a significant difference between the experiments in 1994 and 1995. The TRAC study team believed that it would be conducive to the support of overall study objectives to directly observe the MSF Commander's actions throughout the experiment.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, *STRIKE WARFARE, ARMY PERSONNEL, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), ACTIVE DUTY, MILITARY EXERCISES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, GENERAL OFFICERS, ARMY PLANNING, BATTLES, SOUTH KOREA, LEADERSHIP TRAINING, ANALYSTS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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