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SECTION I - USER'S GUIDE


WHAT IS THIS DOCUMENT?

The NTC Trends Compendium is a compilation of repeated NTC trends, both positive and negative, along with their associated tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), taken from CALL's previously published CTC Trends for the NTC. It covers one year (four quarters) of NTC trends (3-4QFY97 and 1-2QFY98).

The NTC Trends Compendium contains positive performance and needs emphasis trends that appeared more than once in all CTC Trends for NTC during the period covered. These trends and recommended TTPs are a compilation of quarterly NTC observer/controller-derived observations.

WHO IS THIS DOCUMENT FOR?

The NTC Trends Compendium is for tactical field units to use at Home Station as a one-stop reference for a roll-up of important performance trends and TTPs.

The NTC Trends Compendium is for TRADOC analysts and researchers to use for identifying potential doctrine, training, leader development, organization, materiel, and soldier (DTLOMS) issues and O/C-recommended solutions to performance shortfalls at the tactical operations level.

The NTC Trends Compendium is for TRADOC doctrine writers to identify successful techniques and procedures to include in updates of doctrinal publications.

The NTC Trends Compendium is for CTC Operations Groups to use as an historical audit trail of reported observations and TTPs from the NTC.

HOW DO I USE THIS DOCUMENT?

Trends and associated techniques are listed by Battlefield Operating System (BOS), and are grouped into the following sections:

Section II - Trends Frequency Matrix (1QFY96-2QFY98)
Section III - Positive Performance Trends and Techniques
Section IV - Needs Emphasis Trends and Techniques

SECTION II

Section II is a trends frequency matrix chart. The trends are grouped according to common subject matter within their respective BOS. The matrix shows the number of times per two-quarter period an observer/controller (O/C) documented a trend or observation on that particular subject matter.

EXAMPLE:

INTELLIGENCE BOS (TA.5)1-2QTR
FY96
3-4QTR
FY96
1-2QTR
FY97
3-4QTR
FY97
1-2QTR
FY98
Subject: R&S Plan development and execution
4
2
4
6
4

In this example, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Plan development and execution is listed under the Intelligence Battlefield Operating System (BOS). The chart shows, at a glance, how many times in each 2-quarter period the O/Cs reported trends on the subject of R&S Plan development and execution (i.e., 4 times in 1-2QTR FY96; 2 times in 3-4QTR FY96, etc.).

NOTE: Battlefield Operating System (BOS) "index" codes are annotated throughout the document. These codes are based on the battlefield structure and definitions presented in TRADOC Pam 11-9, Blueprint of the Battlefield. The blueprint provides a common structure of the functions performed by the Army. It serves as a common reference system for field commanders, combat developers, analysts, trainers and planners for analyzing and integrating operations at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war. The observations and trends in this Compendium are at the tactical level. In "TA.5", for example, the TA refers to the tactical level of war; the number A5" is the Intelligence BOS number.

SECTION III

Section III contains "positive performance" trends as they were published in CTC Trends for NTC during the last four quarters. The recommended techniques to sustain performance are presented in summary format at the end of each subject category.

NOTE: SECTION III OF THIS COMPENDIUM CONTAINS NO POSITIVE PERFORMANCE TRENDS. There were no recurring positive performance observations reported by the O/Cs during the past four quarters.

SECTION IV

Section IV contains the "needs improvement" trends and associated techniques as they were published in CTC Trends for NTC during the last four quarters. Again, the recommended techniques to improve performance are presented in summary format at the end of each subject category.


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