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These are some of the key tenets from the Brigade Operational Concept.
This Brigade will be full spectrum capable in it’s objective form. In the interim, with off-the-shelf equipment, it will be optimized for Small Scale Contingency operations, but will also be able to perform SASO missions and with additional augmentation it will have utility in the MTW fight.
It will be rapidly deployable with a goal to have the core elements of the Brigade in theater, ready to fight, within 96 hours of lift-off.
It maintains freedom of maneuver by the situational understanding provided by the Recon and Surveillance Squadron coupled with its superb tactical mobility. These capabilities allow it to choose the time and place of the fight on its terms
The Brigade conducts decisive action in SSC scenarios by deliberate maneuver and dismounted infantry assault. It fights best in complex and urban terrain.
Once in the Joint Theater of Operations it provides the CINC superb operational mobility via C-130 transport aircraft. Everything in the core elements of the Brigade is C-130 deployable. It also provides excellent long distance ground mobility when on the road.
In the interim the Brigade will not have a platform overmatch as exists in the heavy force today. The objective Future Combat System will provide that overmatch in the future. In the near term it compensates for platform limitations by fighting the close fight with superior situational awareness and internetted combined arms actions down to the company level.
The large number of dismounted infantry, snipers, and Javelin antitank systems with support of AT and Mobile Assault Guns make this unit well suited for operations in urban and complex terrain
Our goal is to seek a common vehicle platform for this brigade. If we can get a common platform for the Infantry Carrier, Recon, Mobile Assault Gun, Mortars, Command and Control, Anti-Tank, and other combat support and combat service support vehicles, then we will be able to realize increased responsiveness by significantly reducing our sustainment requirements.
The brigade will seek to leverage “reach-back” capabilities to minimize its forward footprint in the theater. Reach-back includes fires, intelligence, logistics, medical and virtually every area where technology allows us access critical information that is gathered and processed in other locations.
Lastly, it is envisioned that the brigade will always operate under Division or Corps command and control.