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MDO doesn't solely mean Dispersed operations - it just means Multi-Domain.Is there somewhat of a disconnect between the renewed focus being on dispersed operations and mission command vs. the shift from the BCT being the primary unit of action back to the Division? The new "Heavy" and "Penetration" Division structures seem to me to lean toward a concentration of heavy forces which might attract the exact type of precision fires that are meant to be avoided by dispersion.
One still disperses for safety and concentrates for attack or defense.
The Bde is not large enough to hold all the assets ones needs for Maneuver Operations - so the Division is going back to the 'primary' Maneuver Unit - so Artillery and other assets can be concentrated.
WRT to Ukraine - one needs to understand the initial Russian push was blunted by both Mech/Armor and Light Forces - pretty much only due to both an overwhelming Information advantage - and the Russia Thunder Run method.Is there something to learn from the way the Ukrainian campaign has rolled out (accidental or not)?
- The initial enemy attack is blunted by dispersed, light forces using handheld AT/AD weapons which are difficult to detect by a force on the move and less easily targeted by the attacker's artillery.
If Russia had used either their overwhelming fire advantage at the beginning, or a precision Air Campaign favored by NATO, then the UKR units would have been rolled hard and fast.
You can't emplace a strategy based on assuming enemy mistakes.
That is general doctrine - but not just LRPF - but all CS and GS Arty as well as Air etc.
- Once the initial attack is stopped long range precision fires are used to degrade the enemy's logistics, AD assets and troop concentrations forcing them to disperse.
- Once the attacking force is isolated into smaller pockets, mobile units achieving local superiority conduct counter-attacks where weaknesses are detected.
I think everyone know I am not a huge fan of the LAV series - but I would point out a lot of the Hummer based assaults that have been done by UKR would be better suited to a mobile force -- UKR is both being extremely advantaged by knowing RuAF positions and strengths allowing the Hummers to work, and fairly lucky RU issues have hampered their responses that could really have chewed up those Light vehicles.
I believe a LAV based medium force could have done a lot more slicing than the Hummers - due to similar mobility (the Hummer is great, but the Up Armors are not exactly significantly mobile) and then better protection and firepower.
Keep in mind as UKR is getting more APC and IFV, they are converting a lot of there Light Inf to those -- keeping Air Assault, Airborne and the Marine Light Inf as Infantry - but the bone stock Leg Inf are transitioning where possible.
All I am seeing out of Ukraine is the validation of effective combines arms operations - and the need for both Air and Intelligence Superiority...