The Army has begun a transformation that creates medium-size formations called brigade combat teams. These BCTs have an organic brigade Signal company. Concurrently, the Army is digitizing its forces. The impact of these dynamic drivers precipitated two fundamental changes in the Signal Regiment’s doctrine-development program.
The first doctrine-development priority is to develop a tactics, techniques and procedures manual for BSC. The second priority is to develop digitization updates for 14 of the Regiment’s 22 keystone manuals that will be used by the first digitized division, corps and follow-on digitized forces.
The Signal Regiment’s council of colonels reviewed the initial draft Feb. 29 of Field Manual 11-2, "Signal Support for the BSC." Based on their direction and guidance, the manual was updated and posted on Training and Doctrine Command’s BCT doctrine website (http://doctrine.army.mil). FM 11-2 provides fundamental Signal-support doctrine for BCT operations that are contained in the BCT and BSC operational and organizational plans.
The next doctrine-development step is to expand the manual to provide specific TTPs that the company’s leaders and soldiers will employ to support BCT full-spectrum operations. The coordinating draft will be posted on TRADOC’s BCT doctrine website in July.
TRADOC provided program funding Feb. 24 for the Signal Regiment’s second doctrine-development priority. A team of six writers and one editor is developing digitization updates for all our Signal-support functional areas. The doctrine-development schedule for these digitization updates is challenging (see table below).
|FM||Title||Initial draft||Coordinating draft||Final draft|
|FM 11-41||Signal Support: Echelons Corps and Below||4Q FY00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 11-43||The Signal Leader’s Guide||1Q99||3Q00||2Q01|
|FM 11-50||Combat Communications within the Division||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 11-53||Combat Net Radios||4Q99||3Q00||4Q00|
|FM 11-54||Satellite Operations||2Q00||4Q00||2Q01|
|FM 11-70||Spectrum Management||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 11-71||Network and Systems Management||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 24-23||TTP for Defense Message System Extension into the Tactical Environment||4Q00||2Q01||1Q02|
|FM 24-24||Signal Data/ Equipment||2Q00||3Q00||3Q00|
|FM 24-27||Switching Operations||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 24-32||TTP for the Tactical Internet||3Q96||3Q00 (V)7||2Q01|
|FM 24-40||Tactical Visual Information Doctrine||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM 24-41||TTP for the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System||3Q96||3Q00 (V)6||2Q01|
|FM XX-XX||Signal Digital Equipment Procedural Guide||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|FM XX-XX||Warfighter Information Network Operations||4Q00||1Q01||2Q01|
|Doctrine digitization update schedule. Dates subject to change.|
Doctrine development has a life beyond these top two priorities. Equally significant is our initiative to become compliant with the Army’s Systems Approach to Training and Doctrine. ASAT-D will enable the Signal Regiment to interact real-time with our doctrine online. As units and soldiers find more efficient and effective ways of employing our doctrine, they can share it with the Regiment via ASAT-D.
ASAT-D hardware installation was scheduled for mid-May, and initial ASAT-D operations commenced in June. The next doctrine-development-update article will provide the Regiment details on using ASAT-D’s capabilities.
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