U.S. Army ground combat center is developing new methods, formations, tactics, and maneuver for the next war

Oct. 29, 2020
Two years ago the Army began to up-armor some Stryker brigade combat teams and to mechanize some infantry units to get heavier for the big fight.

Columbus, Ga. – The focus of the U.S. Army is ground combat and the way the Army fights is through fire and maneuver, so it makes sense that the job of figuring out where technological advances, doctrine, and tactics, meet would be at the epicenter of innovations in ground combat — the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE) in Columbus, Ga. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

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29 Oct. 2020 -- The era in which the Army operates today is similar to the 1970s, post-Vietnam, when the Army was coming out of a long counter-insurgency campaign and had combat-experienced leaders in the formation, says Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of MCOE.

As early as 2013, Army captains prepared for tactics in counter-insurgency operations at the MCOE, and headed out on deployments just five or six months later. Since then, however, Army leaders have looked at regions like Crimea and areas around China to determine what they’ll need for the next deployment.

The next generation of the Army brigade combat team may maneuver like a mid-1990s cavalry squadron, yet in many ways its capabilities will be vastly transformed, because autonomous devices mean a different kind of force. “You take the model of the divisional cavalry squadron from the mid-'90s and make it incredibly more lethal in its tasks,” Donahoe says.

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