Accession Number : ADA323337

Title :   Digital Battlefield Training and Insights of a User: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR CENTER AND FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Edwards, O. T., III

PDF Url : ADA323337

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : NTC Rotation 94-07 provided the Army with a superb support-by-fire position from which to overwatch the final push on Objective Force XXI. We all learned a great number of lessons, many the hard way. If we re surprised again during future digital advances, it's our own fault. Danger lies in overlooking or disregarding some of those lessons learned. The author had the great fortune to serve as S3 of Task Force 1-70 during the preparations for and execution of 94-07. As such, he was privy to a close-up, hands-on opportunity to experience first-hand the CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS of current digital combat technology. This article attempts to pass on those insights for consideration by future "digital" combat leaders. Many of the recent articles focusing on digital operations and lessons learned were written by soldiers with second-hand or observer experience. While such warfighter insights are significant in their contributions, none, repeat none have fought a digital tank white trying to facilitate the command and control of a task force. It's time that experienced users speak out. Our Army is about to cross the line of departure from testing and experimentation to a real world digital combat capability by fielding our first MlA2 battalion next summer. This makes it even more compelling to highlight digital capabilities and, even more importantly, limitations.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *BATTLEFIELDS, *USER NEEDS, OBSERVERS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, WARFARE, LESSONS LEARNED, LEADERSHIP, ARMY PERSONNEL, TASK FORCES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE