Fort Benning’s commanding general outlined some of the capabilities the Army will need to successfully move and maneuver in the future during a conference Oct. 22.
The Commanders and Directors of Training annual conference was sponsored by the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and held at Fort Benning. Commanders and directors of training and doctrine from across the Army gathered at Fenty Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall to discuss the force’s future as it transitions from an Army at war to an Army of preparation.
Maj. Gen. Scott Miller spoke to conference attendees about the Movement and Maneuver Operational Concept, a document that describes the broad capabilities the Army will need in the years 2018-2030 in order to move and maneuver effectively.
“As a commander, you’re always looking for that document that ties everything together,” Miller said. The MMOC serves as a conceptual guide for future force development and as the basis for developing affordable options for the future Army.
Miller discussed five inherent aspects of combined arms operations: retaining and improving mastery of combined arms operations; continuously generating situational understanding; task organizing for purpose; being able to operate in a joint interagency, intergovernmental, multinational environment; and providing network access at the point of tactical need.
Miller said that being able to successfully execute combined arms movement and maneuver depends on having a culture of excellence built on Soldiers, leaders and formations who are smart, fast, lethal and precise.
To illustrate his point, he played a clip of a radio conversation between 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment troopers during a firefight in Vietnam in which they used different elements of combined arms together to accomplish the mission.
“You have to be able to generate situational understanding all the time,” Miller said.