Accession Number : ADA310291

Title :   Cutting the Foot to Fit the Shoe: The Organization of the Bradley Battalion and the 1993 Version of FM 100-5.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Jones, Brian D.

PDF Url : ADA310291

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : This monograph discusses the evolution of U.S. Army doctrine with respect to the organization of the Bradley-equipped mechanized infantry battalion. General William DePuy's powerful vision, as captured in the 1976 version of FM 100-5, Operations, set the Army on a modernization, training, and leadership path that dominated its concept of warfare for nearly twenty years. This monograph examines the ability of an organization expressly created to satisfy this vision to adapt to the addition of versatility to the Army's operational tenets. The 1976 through 1986 versions of FM 100-5 articulated the method by which the U.S. led NATO forces would defend Central Europe against a Soviet led mechanized attack. The equipment procurement, resourcing, and training focus of the Army remained predominantly focused on this threat, with minimal adjustments for other contingencies. The Army that emerged by 1990 was the physical embodiment of DePuy's initial vision, as refined by his disciples. However, just as the Army designed to meet this threat was fielded, the threat collapsed. In the 1993 version of FM 100-5, the Army's doctrinal response to the new strategic environment added versatility and Operations Other than War to its mission requirements. Overlaying a new doctrine on an existing force structure gave rise to numerous considerations. One result is a mismatch of the Bradley battalion's doctrinal focus and its organizational capabilities. The implications of this mis-match are manifested in the areas of training, employment, resources, and future doctrinal considerations. The bottom line is that the Bradley battalion organization is not versatile. It is limited by employment considerations and equipment constraints. In that sense, it does not fully support the current doctrine. This monograph makes one point absolutely clear: Doctrine and organization must consistently a

Descriptors :   *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, USSR, NATO, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), ARMY TRAINING, INFANTRY, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, ARMY OPERATIONS, TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES).

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE