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Title: DIVISION BATTLE COMMAND Part 1


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DIVISIONBATTLE COMMANDPart 1
  • CPT Jeanne B. Jones
  • Information Briefing
  • nonclassified

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Purpose
  • To provide you an overview of division battle
    command, role of the commander and staff, types
    of command posts and split based operations

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References
  • FM 71-100 Division Operations
  • 28 August 1996
  • Web site http//www.fortlee.mil

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Outline
  • Role of command and control in battle command
  • Role of Commander and Staff
  • Division command posts
  • Split based operations
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Conclusion

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Battle Command
  • Definition Battle command is the art and
    science of battlefield decision making, leading
    and motivating soldiers and their organizations
    into action to accomplish missions at least cost
    to soldiers.

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Battle Command
  • Consists of three elements
  • 1. Decision making
  • 2. Leading
  • 3. Controlling operations

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Battle Command
  • Commanders must have the ability to make right
    and timely decisions even under difficult
    circumstances or with incomplete information

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Battle Command System
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  • Allows division commanders to lead their forces
  • Provides commanders and staff timely and accurate
    information and orders
  • Allows commanders to clearly sense the total
    battle, then transmit orders to adjust quickly
    and take advantage of battlefield opportunities

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Battle Command System
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  • Is responsive throughout the divisions area of
    operations, controlling units in deep, close and
    rear areas simultaneously
  • Provides the commander with a capability to move
    and mass the effects of combat power from
    anywhere on the battlefield

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Role of Commander Staff
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Division Commanders Leadership
  • Provides purpose and direction to both soldiers
    and units
  • Responsible for everything his unit does or fails
    to do
  • Accountable to senior commanders for
    accomplishing assigned missions
  • Central to the success of the division, and his
    actions have far reaching impact

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The Division Commander
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  • Motivates his/her soldiers and staff to
    accomplish difficult tasks in both war and
    operations other than war
  • Inspire and mentors subordinates through their
    presence and face-to-face communications
  • Positions themselves where they can see the
    battlefield
  • Sets into motion forces on the battlefield to win
    battles

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Staff Officers
  • Are responsible for the broad category of
    assistance and support
  • Ensures that all activities of subordinate staff
    sections and supporting and augmenting units are
    integrated and coordinated within their
    particular staff area
  • Rely on automation and higher HQ for many types
    of support
  • From info available, determine what is essential
    to the commanders decision making process

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Staff members in sync with the Commander can
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  • Accurately determine the current situation
  • Anticipate what the commander feels needs to be
    done
  • Develop sound course of action
  • Assesses courses of action for the commander
  • Issue the necessary orders and instructions

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Staff Members in sync with the Commander page
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  • Monitor how well the orders and instructions are
    being executed
  • Alter the plan in accordance with unit feedback,
    commanders guidelines intent
  • Plan future operations
  • Synchronize actions prior to combat operations

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Division Command Posts
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Division Command Posts
  • Allow the commander to go where they can best
    influence actions while maintaining continuity of
    the overall division operation
  • Divisions command and control operations through
    a command group and three command post (CP)
    facilities

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Three division command posts
  • Division tactical (TAC CP)
  • Division main (main CP)
  • Division rear (rear CP)

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Division tactical (TAC CP)
  • A small, highly mobile, and survivable CP
    normally located close to the forward brigades
  • Synchronizes combat, combat support (CS) and
    combat service support (CSS) in support of close
    operations
  • Contains only those elements and information that
    directly contribute to the conduct of current
    close operations
  • Provides minimum necessary staff support

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Division main (main CP)
  • Divisions primary command post
  • Maintains pulse of the division battle by
    receiving input from the TAC CP, rear CP and
    higher, lower and adjacent units
  • Located out of the range of the enemys medium
    artillery
  • Is mobile and can quickly displace but can
    maintain continuity of operations

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Division rear (rear CP)
  • Controls all elements functioning in, residing in
    or transiting through the division rear area
  • Synchronizes rear operations for the division
    battle
  • Clarifies and approves routes and locations of
    proposed bases or base clusters

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Split Based Operations
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Split based operations concept
  • Provides versatile, deployable, and expansible
    unit configurations to support the deployed force
  • Requires robust long haul, high volume
    communications. Without such support, it will
    not be feasible

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Split based operations
  • The army is now focusing towards this concept in
    battle command while we are seeing an increased
    access to automation and satellite-based
    communications and intelligence systems, the
    constraints of deployment assets, reduction of
    forces and resources and fast based operational
    tempos

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Features
  • Provides tailored and flexible logistics in
    multiple locations
  • Rear remains in fixed base location
  • Rear provides continuous support
  • Forward elements deploy to area of operation

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Benefits of split based operations
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  • Reduces strategic airlift requirements for
    personnel and equipment
  • Increases materiel management effectiveness
  • Reduces in-theater footprint
  • Provides essential material management at early
    stage of entry into theater

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Benefits continued Page 2 of 2
  • Provides capability tailored to actual
    requirements
  • Provides material management capability in
    multi-locations

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Summary
  • Role of command and control in battle command
  • Commander and staff interaction
  • Command posts
  • Split-based operations

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Questions?
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Conclusion
  • Battlefield leadership at all levels is an
    element of combat power. It it is difficult to
    measure but, none the less, is present and a
    decisive contributor to victory in battle
  • General Frederick M. Franks, Jr.
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