• Lundy discusses FM 3-0

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  • Bill Ackerly | Mission Command Center of Excellence
    The Army Leader Exchange hosted a presentation on the latest Army doctrine by Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, at the Lewis and Clark Center Feb. 2.
    In addition to the live audience of nearly 350 soldiers and civilians, more than 4,000 people viewed the live stream of Lundy’s presentation about Field Manual 3-0, Operations.
    FM 3-0 provides a doctrinal approach for divisions, corps and armies to address the challenges of shaping operational environments, preventing conflict, prevailing during large-scale ground combat and consolidating gains to follow through on tactical success.
    “When we think about the character of war and our culture and our partner nations, we’ve been concentrated on the center of the conflict continuum,” Lundy said, “and that focus has evolved through our doctrine, organizational design, training, leader development and materiel solutions.”
    Although counterinsurgency and counterterrorism will remain a persistent threat, the character of war continues to evolve, he said.
    Ten or 15 years ago not much thought was given to peer threat after the Cold War. However, during that time period, potential adversaries have been developing their capabilities, such as electronic warfare, integrated air defense, and long-range fires to counter U.S. strengths.
    Today, the U.S. Army has to compete with peer nations to be able to maintain positions of strategic advantage and that competition creates the potential for miscalculation, Lundy said. Because the Army doesn’t have the forward presence and size it used to have, the collective security interests and multinational interoperability with partner nations is more critical today than it has ever been.
    The U.S. Army has never been better at operating at the squad, platoon, company and even battalion level from a joint and interagency perspective. But, because the scale, tempo and level of chaos will be different in large scale combat operations, FM 3-0 is geared to echelons-above-brigade warfighting — the division, corps and theater army-level of warfighting. In fact, divisions and corps will be operating as formations, and not just headquarters, Lundy said.
    “We made some of this shift and transition in looking at large scale combat operations at the combat training centers over the last couple years, but we were missing updated doctrine, which is why we wrote FM 3-0,” Lundy said.
    The manual describes how the Army will compete and fight against peer threats.
    FM 3-0 is organized around the four strategic and unique contributions the Army makes to the joint force:
    • Shape the security environment — always ongoing and critical because it provides access, resources, credibility, and it drives will.
    • Prevent conflict.
    • Prevail in large scale ground combat — the only way to successfully shape the environment and prevent conflict is to prevail in large scale ground combat.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Consolidate gains — be able to make temporary gains permanent. The operational framework in FM 3-0 addresses gaps in being able to consolidate gains. To maintain operational tempo, the theater army commander must plan for consolidating gains and the forces needed to do that.
    FM 3-0 is grounded on unified land operations and incorporates some components of the multi-domain concept.
    To win, the Army must be able to present multiple dilemmas to an adversary across all domains (land, air, maritime, space, cyber and virtual) and be able to get more positions of relative advantage faster. Army leaders and planners must identify how to achieve combat power overmatch at the right time and place.
    The Army Leader Exchange is managed by the Center for Army Leadership. CAL’s mission is to conduct leadership and leader development research, studies, analysis, assessment and evaluation. It provides Army leadership and leader development doctrine, products and services along with the Army Leader Development Strategy. CAL also manages the Army Leader Development Program.
    The Army Leader Exchange is a forum that conducts leadership development conversation among professionals. Unclassified ALx presentations are streamed live on the ALx Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/armyleaderexchange.
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