Why an Army: A Case for Field Artillery?
Command Sergeant Major Phong Tran, the senior noncommissioned officer for 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, watches his Soldiers fire an M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer April 24, 2012. The shot marked the battalion's first live fire in almost two years. (Photo: M. Miller)  



Colonel Michael J. Hartig
United States Army
U.S. Army War College Class of 2010

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Field Artillery branch, more than any other branch in today's Army, has been asked to conduct in-lieu-of missions rather than its core fire support mission during conduct of the war. The associated potential deterioration of core competencies could possibly have a major impact in future operations.

This U.S. Army War College student author examines:
--- how long it would take to restore Field Artillery core competencies to support Major Combat Operations?;
--- how the branch could perhaps be balanced in order to support current operations as well as prepare for future operations?;
--- when should the branch be ready to conduct operations in either a hybrid or Major Combat Operation environment?; and
--- how much lead time would be needed to ensure success in either operation?

He offers recommendations to enhance the Army's capabilities and capacity to address Field Artillery challenges.

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