Accession Number : ADA312701

Title :   Field Artillery Doctrine and Organization for Combat: Lessons Learned at BCTP.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : Taylor, John

PDF Url : ADA312701

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : This study investigates the division artillery's ability to provide effective fire support at the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) from 1992 through 1994 by analyzing exercises according to the four basic tasks of fire support. The five fundamentals for organizing field artillery for combat and the fire support planning principles are used to determine why the basic tasks for fire support were not accomplished. This study also examines reasons why some artillery units did not conduct operations according to doctrine. The author concludes that DIVARTYs that do not follow doctrine will not provide effective fire support. Furthermore field artillery doctrine does not have to be revised; it just has to be understood and followed. The author recommends that lessons learned from BCTP exercises receive more visibility. This will help units identify recurring problems and prevent personnel from making these same mistakes through effective training.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *FIRE SUPPORT, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *ARTILLERY UNITS, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, LESSONS LEARNED, VISIBILITY, MILITARY TRAINING, MILITARY PLANNING, BATTLES, ARTILLERY, FIELD ARMY.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE