Accession Number : ADA312679

Title :   Force 21 Field Artillery: King of Battle or Twenty-First Century Dinosaur?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 31 Jul 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Young, Thomas S.

PDF Url : ADA312679

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 153

Abstract : This thesis studied the future material systems, organizational structures and operational concepts of the Force XXI artillery to determine its readiness for the challenges of the twenty-first century. The research design focused on the ability of the future artillery force structure to effectively support Force XXI patterns of operations, conduct military operations across the spectrum of conflict, and integrate appropriate new technologies. The main emphasis of the thesis was an evaluation of the ability of the future artillery to effectively support Force XXI patterns of operations. The thesis concluded that the future artillery force structure is sound. The future artillery can effectively support Force XXI patterns of operations. The future artillery can effectively respond across the spectrum of conflict. The future artillery has a comprehensive strategy to identify and integrate the technologies it will need in the twenty-first century. The thesis recommended changes to the artillery force supporting the Army's light divisions. Specifically, the future artillery must improve its strategic mobility and early entry lethality and survivability. Recommendations included: development of an ultra-light weight 155 mm towed cannon, a wheeled self-propelled 155 mm cannon, and FA brigades tailored for light forces.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *ARTILLERY UNITS, MOBILITY, MILITARY STRATEGY, SURVIVABILITY, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, THESES, PATTERNS, CONFLICT, ARTILLERY.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE