U.S. Army leaders discuss future of Stryker brigade combat teams
U.S. Army leaders have discussed the future of the Army’s Stryker brigade combat teams during the opening day of the three-day 2019 Maneuver Warfighter Conference Sept. 10.
The Maneuver Warfighter Conference is an annual event hosted by the Maneuver Center of Excellence that gathers senior leaders and subject matter experts from across the Army, sister services and from partner nations’ militaries to elaborate upon and discuss issues relevant to the Army’s Maneuver Force. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Brigade Combat Team: Readying for Large Scale Combat.”
As to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, or SBCT, this is an infantry-centric unit with 3,600 soldiers that combines many of the best characteristics of the current Army forces and exploits technology to fill a current operations capability gap between the Army’s heavy and light forces.
Currently, the Stryker force accounts for nearly a third of the Army’s Infantry forces.
The SBCT is capable of conducting missions across the range of military operations, and it provides combatant commanders increased operational and tactical flexibility. The Army designed the SBCT to be operationally effective in low through high-intensity combat operations.
Strykers have seen extensive service in the post-9/11 era, but the Army has seen a need to prepare them for the battlefield challenges they’d face in combat against near-peer military adversaries.
“It’s all tied to that mission of meeting that near-peer competitor,” said Col. Syd Hills, director of the Stryker Warfighter Forum. Hills was the speaker for a discussion of what’s ahead for the Army’s Stryker forces.
“Gotta keep up with the speed of war,” said Hills.
Accordingly, the Army has undertaken a broad range of initiatives to shape the Stryker force of the future. Some upgrades involve weapons being added to the Stryker, including a 30-mm cannon that can train devastating fire on an enemy. Equipping Strykers with anti-tank …read more
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