Army Rolls Out New Field Manual Focused On US Adversaries’ Evolving Capabilities
The Army has reshaped its primary operating concept to focus on large-scale combat against enemies with technology and capabilities similar to American forces after 16 years of fighting insurgent groups in the Middle East and southwest Asia.
The Army on Tuesday rolled out its updated field manual during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington. Titled FM 3-0 Operations, the field manual emphasizes the service’s need to adapt to potential battlefields where enemies have modern tanks, artillery, air forces, drones and cyber capabilities.
A soldier from 277th Aviation Support Battalion engages a target during a convoy live-fire exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, on July 7, 2017.
Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, said Tuesday that adversaries including Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have spent nearly two decades studying the U.S. military’s strengths and vulnerabilities as it has fought terrorist groups. Those nations have invested in modernizing their forces and preparing them to exploit vulnerabilities developed while the United States focused on fighting insurgents.
“Our advantage has steadily eroded,” he said.
It marks the first major overhaul since 2011 of the field manual, which defines the Army’s fighting priorities for soldiers, said Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
The shift in focus was necessitated primarily by adversaries such as Russia, which has used advanced military techniques against Ukrainian forces since intervening in the civil war there in 2014.
“The environment has changed, and it has changed dramatically,” Lundy said. “Threats today are much more sophisticated and capable.”
The need for the United States to fight such a near-peer adversary is now more likely than at any time since the Cold War, he said.
And such a war would be “significantly more dangerous” than the combat American soldiers have …read more
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