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NTC TRENDS AND TTPs
1st and 2nd Qtrs, FY 98

TABLE OF CONTENTS


(NOTE: Trends are numbered sequentially for ease of reference and are not in any priority order.)

INTELLIGENCE BOS (TA.5)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: (LTP) Depth of expertise in the S2 section (TA.5)

TREND 2: Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) plan development (TA.5.1)

TREND 3: Task force planning and supervision of reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S) operations (TA.5.1)

TREND 4: Engineer battalion S2/S3 employment of reconnaissance (TA.5.1)

TREND 5: (LTP) Task force Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) (TA.5.1)

TREND 6: (LTP) Engineer Involvement in R&S Planning (TA.5.1)

TREND 7: Integration of Air Defense into the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) (TA.5.2.1)

TREND 8: Engineer involvement in brigade intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB) (TA.5.2.1)

TREND 9: (LTP) Understanding of the Engineer Battlefield Assessment (EBA) process (TA.5.2.1)

TREND 10: (LTP) Using Terrabase products to meet terrain analysis requirements (TA.5.2.1)

TREND 11: (LTP) Air defense officer (ADO) development of the aerial IPB (TA.5.2.1)

TREND 12: (LTP) Light infantry task force knowledge of the enemy (TA.5.2.1.1)

TREND 13: (LTP) Mechanized task force development of the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) (TA.5.3)

TREND 14: Task Force (TF) S2 terrain analysis (TA.5.3.2)

TREND 15: (LTP) Responsibility for terrain analysis (TA.5.3.2)

TREND 16: Event templates and matrices (TA.5.3.4.1)

TREND 17: Enemy Course of Action (ECOA) development (TA.5.4.2)

TREND 18: (LTP) Updating situational templates (SITEMPs) (TA.5.4.4)

MANEUVER BOS (TA.1)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: Use of dismounted infantry squads (TA.1.1.1)

TREND 2: Task force use of dismounted infantry (TA.1.1.1)

TREND 3: Actions on Contact (TA.1.1.2)

TREND 4: Attack Helicopter Engagement area development (TA.1.2)

TREND 5: Company/team use of direct fires during offensive missions (TA.1.2.1)

TREND 6: Use of BFV-mounted TOW (TA.1.2.1)

TREND 7: Use of Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) in ground support role (TA.1.2.1)

TREND 8: Maneuver unit understanding of enemy engagement areas and actions on the objective (TA.1.2.2)

TREND 9: Engineer unit close combat operations (TA.1.2.2)

TREND 10: (LTP) Light infantry task force employment of heavy forces (TA.1.4)

FIRE SUPPORT BOS (TA.2)

Positive Performance

TREND 1: Use of maneuver observers within the task force to request fires (TA.2.2)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: Fire Support Observation Plan (TA.2.1.1)

TREND 2: Fire support observation plan and target location (TA.2.1.1)

TREND 3: Field artillery development of engagement areas (EAs) (TA.2.1.1)

TREND 4: Developing essential fire support tasks (EFSTs) (TA.2.2.1)

TREND 5: Mortar platoon use of directional orienting lines (TA.2.2.1.1)

TREND 6: Mortar fire direction center (FDC) use of meteorological (MET) messages (TA.2.2.1.1)

TREND 7: Mortar platoon conduct of unprepared occupations (TA.2.2.1.1)

TREND 8: FA Battery-level Paladin movement (TA.2.2.1.1)

TREND 9: Scouts integration into the task force fire support plan (TA.2.3)

TREND 10: Task force fire support integration with scheme of maneuver (TA.2.3)

TREND 11: Task force management and refinement of fire support critical friendly zones (CFZs) (TA.2.3)

TREND 12: Fire support integration into engagement area development (TA.2.3)

TREND 13: FA battalion radar zone management (TA.2.3)

TREND 14: Artillery movement in support of maneuver forces (TA.2.3)

TREND 15: Critical friendly zone (CFZ) refinement and activation (TA.2.3)

TREND 16: (LTP) Fire Support Integration in the Reconnaissance/Counter-reconnaissance operation (TA.2.3)

TREND 17: (LTP) Integration of CAS and artillery fires with the scheme of maneuver (TA.2.3)

TREND 18: (LTP) Light task force fire support integration with scheme of maneuver (TA.2.3)

AIR DEFENSE BOS (TA.3)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: Directed early warnings during air defense operations (TA.3.1.1)

TREND 2: Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) platoon reaction to early warning (TA.3.1.1)

TREND 3: Establishing air defense artillery (ADA) priorities (TA.3.3)

TREND 4: Establishment of air defense control measures for a deliberate attack (TA.3.3)

MOBILITY/SURVIVABILITY BOS &
NUCLEAR/BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL (NBC) (TA.6)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: Development of situational obstacle plans (TA.6.2)

TREND 2: Design and integration of obstacles (TA.6.2.2)

TREND 3: CSS unit protection (TA.6.3.1.1)

TREND 4: Engineer battalion HHC defense of the brigade support area (BSA) (TA.6.3.1.1)

COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT BOS (TA.7)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: DA Form 2404/5988E tracking from the company/team to the UMCP (TA.7.3.2)

TREND 2: Engineer unit preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) (TA.7.3.2.1)

TREND 3: Casualty reporting and tracking within the combat engineer battalion Administrative and Logistics Command Post (ALOC) (TA.7.4.4.2)

TREND 4: Tracking task force supply status at the CTCP/FTCP (TA.7.5.2)

TREND 5: Development of field artillery Unit Basic Loads (UBLs) (TA.7.5.2)

TREND 6: Field artillery battalion Rearm, Refuel, Resupply, and Survey Point (R3SP) operations (TA.7.5.2)

COMMAND AND CONTROL BOS (TA.4)

Positive Performance

TREND 1: Tactical communications installation (TA.4.1.2)

TREND 2: Retransmission operations (TA.4.1.2)

TREND 3: Task force identification of Essential Fire Support Tasks (EFTs) (TA.4.4.1.1)

Needs Emphasis

TREND 1: Reporting requirements and procedures (TA.4.1.1.4)

TREND 2: Fire support team (FIST) reporting standards (TA.4.1.1.4)

TREND 3: Armor and cavalry signal officer (SIGO) employment of FM retrans systems (TA.4.1.2)

TREND 4: Battalion/brigade signal officer (BSO/SIGO) role (TA.4.1.2)

TREND 5: Engineer battalion communication planning (TA.4.1.2)

TREND 6: Task force TOC battle tracking and information management (TA.4.1.3)

TREND 7: Engineer battalion battle tracking (TA.4.1.3)

TREND 8: (LTP) Light infantry task force situational awareness (TA.4.1.3)

TREND 9: Casualty Feeder Reports (DA1156) (TA.4.1.3.1)

TREND 10: Engineer battalion risk management (TA.4.2)

TREND 11: Brigade engineer force task organization, command and control (TA.4.2.1)

TREND 12: (LTP) Casualty assessments and battle damage assessments (BDAs) (TA.4.2.1)

TREND 13: Battle staff mission analysis (TA.4.2.1.1)

TREND 14: Signal officer (SIGO) mission analysis (TA.4.2.1.1)

TREND 15: Logistics, personnel, and casualty estimates (TA.4.2.2)

TREND 16: Task force predictive analysis (TA.4.2.2)

TREND 17: Maintenance planning at the task force (TF) level (TA.4.3)

TREND 18: Planning for employment of attack helicopters (TA.4.3)

TREND 19: Task force integration of CSS into the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 20: Integration of the signal officer (SIGO) into the Military Decision-making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 21: Fire Direction Officer (FDO) integration into the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 22: CSS Integration into the battalion Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 23: Brigade fire support planning (TA.4.3)

TREND 24: Completion of an engineer battlefield assessment (EBA) as part of the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 25: Engineer planning and planning products (TA.4.3)

TREND 26: (LTP) Brigade Staff understanding of the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3)

TREND 27: (LTP) Brigade planning for Combat Observation Lasing Team (COLT) operations (TA.4.3)

TREND 28: (LTP) Task force completion of the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) in a time-constrained environment (TA.4.3)

TREND 29: (LTP) CSS integration into the brigade planning process (TA.4.3)

TREND 30: (LTP) Rear operations planning (TA.4.3)

TREND 31: Task force fire support observer plans (TA.4.3.2)

TREND 32: Course of Action (COA) development (TA.4.3.2)

TREND 33: The wargaming phase of the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) (TA.4.3.3)

TREND 34: Wargaming (TA.4.3.3)

TREND 35: (LTP) Task force wargaming (TA.4.3.3)

TREND 36: (LTP) Wargaming (TA.4.3.4 )

TREND 37: Battalion maintenance officer (BMO) troop-leading procedures (TA.4.4)

TREND 38: Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) platoon troop-leading procedures (TA.4.4)

TREND 39: Task force signal officer and NCOIC troop-leading procedures (TLPs) (TA.4.4)

TREND 40: Engineer unit troop-leading procedures (TLPs) (TA.4.4)

TREND 41: Engineer battalion headquarters and headquarters company (HHC) troop-leading procedures (TLPs) (TA.4.4)

TREND 42: (LTP) Task force tactical SOPs (TACSOPs) (TA.4.4)

TREND 43: (LTP) Company Team SOPs (TA.4.4)

TREND 44: ADA platoon time management (TA.4.4.1)

TREND 45: Task force tactical operations center (TOC) displacement planning (TA.4.4.1)

TREND 46: (LTP) Company/team level time management (TA.4.4.1)

TREND 47: CSS rehearsals (TA.4.4.1.1)

TREND 48: FA battery level Pre-Combat Checks/Pre-Combat Inspections (PCCs/PCIs), and rehearsals (TA.4.4.1.1)

TREND 49: Integration of engineer Class IV/V operations in brigade combat team (BCT) plan (TA.4.4.1.1)

TREND 50: Engineer battalion headquarters and headquarters company (HHC) commander role in the brigade rear area (TA.4.4.3)

TREND 51: Fire Support Team (FIST) Pre-Combat Checks and Pre-Combat Inspections (PCCs/PCIs) (TA.4.4.4)

TREND 52: Utilization of personnel at the Combat Trains Command Post (CTCP) (TA.4.4.4)

TREND 53: Combat Engineer battalion headquarters and headquarters company (HHC) common skills (TA.4.4.4)

TREND 54: Integrating aviation planning into the scheme of maneuver (TA.4.4.5)

TREND 55: Use of triggers to synchronize CSS with the maneuver plan (TA.4.4.5)

TREND 56: Synchronization of combat multipliers (TA.4.4.5)

TREND 57: Field artillery unit building of combat power during Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSOI) (TA.4.4.5)

TREND 58: Synchronization of fires and maneuver (TA.4.4.5)


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