Army eyes Cold-War battle tanks and maneuver with technology like unmanned systems for future conflict

Nov. 11, 2020
The brigade combat team may be smaller, be augmented for different tasks, and be more technologically enabled autonomous systems.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Army leaders want the first casualties of the next war to be unmanned systems, not a human being, yet no amount of high technology will allow a bloodless victory. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

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11 Nov. 2020 -- Instead of devising some futuristic all-new force, experts are reviving battle-tested Cold War concepts -- like battle tanks, infantry teamwork, and robust division-level formations -- and updating them with a large dash of unmanned systems.

Guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq helped the Army beef-up its brigades to operate largely independently, with higher echelons such as divisions and corps in a supporting role. For future large-scale wars, the Army wants to strengthen the division, restoring the brigade-strength artillery and reconnaissance (“divisional cavalry”) elements eliminated in the 2000s.

This combination of long-range firepower and scout forces in the air and on ground — will enable division commanders to fight and maneuver over distances much larger than what their subordinate brigades can cover.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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