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Colonel Rick Lynch, now the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 4th Infantry Division, was one of the Army's first leaders to meet the challenge of commanding a Digital Brigade Combat Team (DBCT). In this Special Edition CALL Newsletter, COL Lynch shares lessons and information gleaned from training with the 1BCT in the 1997 to 1999 timeframe. Since then, changes have been made and additional lessons learned. This updated information will be disseminated in the future.

Following his tour as the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Colonel Lynch was assigned to the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program (JAWP). There, he reflected on his experiences as a brigade commander and captured his thoughts in a document originally prepared for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) previously published the content of this newsletter as IDA Paper P-3616, June 2001.

CALL's intent is to more widely share information, knowledge, and lessons and to support discussion. This newsletter is designed to highlight information and lessons that may be applicable to the evolving use of information technology to support commanders on the battlefield.

CALL thanks all who contributed to this work and extends a special thanks to Colonel Lynch for sharing his experiences with others for the benefit of all that follow. For further information, the author may be contacted at COL Rick Lynch, Assistant Division Commander (Support), 4th Infantry Division, Ft Hood, TX 76544; e-mail .

Director, Center for Army Lessons Learned

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