Accession Number : ADA323137

Title :   Achieving Digital Destruction: Challenges for the M1A2 Task Force,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR CENTER AND FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Nowowiejski, Dean A.

PDF Url : ADA323137

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : In 1993, Task Force 3-8 Cavalry in the 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, underwent new equipment training, qualification gunnery, NTC Rotation 93 - 10, and an initial operational test and evaluation with 17 M1A2 tanks. Most of the capabilities of the M1A2, and results of this experience have been discussed in other articles. The M1A2 brings the armor force digital command and control through its incorporation of the Intervehicular Information System (IVIS) and Position Navigation (POSNAV). These systems, in conjunction with the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) and onboard diagnostics, give the M1A2 task force significant advantages. Battlefield awareness improves in terms of both friendly and enemy locations. So does positive control, even as operations increase in tempo and precision. The M1A2 task force can quickly disseminate information, reports, and graphics, consolidate on the move, and change missions. The M1A2 gives the task force the equivalent of automated task force fire planning, plus the ability to mass fires with less fratricide. Because of internal diagnostics and IVIS, combat service support status is more exact and more quickly reported. The literature on the M1A2 so far has emphasized what the tank can do. To be balanced, we need to consider not only the tank's potential for task force operations, but also what challenges professional soldiers face in reaching its full capability. This article will focus on some issues we must confront to take advantage of the M1A2 as the Army transitions to information warfare and the digitized battlefield.

Descriptors :   *TASK FORCES, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMBAT SUPPORT, BATTLEFIELDS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, ARMY OPERATIONS, ARMY PLANNING, DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS, TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, SURFACE NAVIGATION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Combat Vehicles
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE