Doctrine update

Signal-support tactics, techniques and procedures for initial/interim brigade-combat-team operations

The Signal Center is developing a first-of-its-kind doctrinal field manual that defines Signal-support tactics, techniques and procedures for the brigade combat team. What makes this manual different from all other Signal field manuals is that it’ll provide a single-source reference for Signal and non-Signal soldiers on how they can use the full range of information technology within BCT to better accomplish their mission.

Eight functional areas of Signal-support operations are being consolidated in this TTP: mobile-subscriber equipment, tactical Internet, enhanced position-location reporting system, combat-net radio, satellite, tactical messaging systems, spectrum management and network-management operations.

This consolidation’s objective is to focus specifically on how Signal support enables the command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the BCT’s operational and organizational plan.

The Signal Center’s commander and Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy commander for BCT transformation determined an initial draft of the doctrinal TTP manual was to be provided by Feb. 28. This coincides with initial equipment fielding in BCT, as well as initiation of extensive soldier and collective unit-training-support programs.

To expedite the process and stay on this time schedule, our intent is to capture the digital TTP lessons-learned from the first digitized division’s fielding at Fort Hood, Texas, and insert those lessons-learned into an initial draft.

Between this March and February 2001, the initial draft will be updated and refined as BCT matures. The Signal Center’s doctrine branch, combat-developments directorate, will use a team of three doctrine developers to write the required TTP coordinating drafts on a real-time, on-station basis. In direct coordination with the assigned brigade Signal company and BCT command-and-staff elements, the team will capture and document the techniques and procedures that best enable BCT C4ISR capabilities.

Based on BCT transformation milestones, there’s minimum of five known updates to the coordinating draft TTP. As the BCT refines go-to-war mission requirements during field-training exercises, the Signal-support TTP will be continuously improved across the eight functional areas of Signal-support operations. Following is a milestone listing for developing Signal support TTP for BCT operations:

Phase One: initial "composite" draft TTP manual, Dec. 27, 1999-Feb. 28, 2000—

Formulate initial digital TTP for brigade Signal company based on developmental doctrine and TTP products;
Develop Signal-support continuity of operations for initial BCT C4ISR systems.

Phase Two: coordinating draft TTP manual, March 2000-March 2001—

Expand initial draft TTP manual to establish operational modes and mission profiles for all BCT C4ISR systems;
Successive updates to the coordinating draft TTP manual based on BCT field exercises that drive revisions to the brigade Signal company’s operational and organizational plan and revisions to BCT C4ISR systems architecture.
Acronym QuickScan
BCT – brigade combat team
C4ISR – command, control, communications and computers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
TTP – tactics, techniques and procedures

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