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(Macgregor Transformation Model)

Shaping the Army for Joint Warfighting

Capitol Hill Club, 19 November 2013 An event sponsored by the General Billy Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

With an Expert Panel including Admiral (ret) Mark Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy Lieutenant General (ret) David Deptula, U.S. Air Force Colonel (ret) Douglas Macgregor, U.S. Army

What you should take away from this presentation:

The MTM can produce a new 21st Century Army of 420,000450,000 troops with greater Joint Warfighting capability including more deployable combat power than todays Army.

1. Convert Army ground forces to Combat Groups, 5-6,000 troops under Brigadier Generals; 2. Organize around Maneuver, Strike, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and Sustainment 3. Build Combat Groups that punch above their weight, (high lethality, low density); 4. Prepare Army Combat Groups to surge from a joint rotational readiness base and fight under regionally focused Joint command and control (C2); 5. Organize the Army National Guard and Reserve to mirror the AC Combat Groups.

END STATE: More teeth, less overhead, at lower cost.

What is a Combat Group?

A Combat Group is a Mission focused force package organized around Maneuver (ground), Strike, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) and Sustainment capabilities for employment under Joint Command and Control (C2).

Whats the difference between a Combat Group and a BCT?

32 BCTs projected Colonel Commands 4,500 troops (CSA plans to restore the third maneuver battalion increasing BCT strength from 3,700 to roughly 4,500 men.) 26 CGs projected BG Commands 5,500 troops






Fires Battalion Support Battalion

Strike Battalion C4I Battalion (Joint Plugs)

Support Battalion

Consolidate more combat power under fewer headquarters; Scrap colonel level of command, flatten C2; Create greater autonomy /independence at lower levels; ISR, Strike and Sustainment Groups will be larger or smaller.

Whats wrong with the current Industrial Age C2?

Corps HQ Division HQ Brigade Battalion


Too Many Single Service C2 Echelons Too Slow to Decide Too Expensive to Modernize Too Vulnerable to WMD! Each echelon too dependent on the next higher echelon for decisions and support


What does the flatter, faster C2 Structure look like?

Industrial Age Information Age

Fewer C2 Echelons Faster Decision Cycle Mobile and Dispersed: Less Vulnerable to WMD More independence at lower levels Cheaper to Modernize

Stand up initial 3 star Joint Force Headquarters (JFC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Develop template for JFCs across regional unified commands.
Flag officers for JFC are drawn from all services.

What would Reorganized Army Expeditionary Forces look like? (250,100 inside 420,000-450,000 man AC Army)
Maneuver Echelon: (4) LRSG: Light Reconnaissance Strike Group 5,150 (12) CMG: Combat Maneuver Group (Armor) 5,500 (6) ICG: Infantry Combat Group (Motorized) 5,000 (4) AAG: Airborne-Air Assault Group (Light) 5,000 Strike Echelon: (Aviation/UCAV/MLRS), TMD (4) ACG: Aviation Combat Groups 3500 (2) STG: Strike Groups (UCAV/MLRS) 3,000 (4) TMD: Theater Missile Defense Groups 4,000 ISR Echelon: (C4I plus SR/manned/unmanned) (4) C4I Groups 5,000 Sustainment Echelon: (See engineer consolidation) (8) CSG: Combat Support Groups 6,000 (2) ENG: Engineer Groups (construction) 4,000 (1) CBG: Chem-Bio Warfare Group 3,000 Manpower Total 136,600

Manpower Total 36,000

Manpower Total 20,000 Manpower Total 57,500

The numbers and types of Combat Groups is an NCA decision. Red denotes new; The 8th Army (in Korea) contained 201,000 U.S. Soldiers + 26,000 Marines

What is Joint Rotational Readiness?

Pre-deployment Phase (6-9 months) Deployment Phase (6-9 months) Reconstitution Phase (6-9 months) Modernization TNG/ED Phase (6-9 months)

1. Army can provide 35,000 to 50,000 ready, deployable troops at all times; the National Command Authorities (NCA) always know what forces/capabilities can deploy; 2. Funding for O&M is managed efficiently; 3. Army Force Packages are aligned with strategic air and sea lift; 4. No more last minute, hasty assembly of units and equipment for crisis or conflict; 5. Deployments become predictable improving quality of life for soldiers and families;

How do you design new equipment without a new Organization? Answer: You dont.
Brigadier General commands 5,150 troops





The Light Reconnaissance Strike Group has a joint mission focus:

Provides a credible land component with the mobility, firepower, protection and organic sustainment to operate autonomously under Joint C2 in dispersed/distributed mobile warfare; Integrates all arms/all effect within the joint construct; Signals escalation dominance to the enemy; Bypasses or punches through enemy resistance for operational maneuver to encircle and destroy nation-state forces or sub-national groups ; Provides test bad for new equipment!

How does the Army reduce unneeded overhead?

Army Materiel Command

Training and Doctrine Command

Forces Command Cyril Northcote Parkinsons (1909-1993) Law Applies: An inflated bureaucracy will generate enough internal work to keep itself 'busy' and so justify its continued existence without commensurate output.

What is to be done?
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete.
Peter Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st Century, 1999

1. First, Direct GAO to examine the MTM alternative Army Force Design outlined in this presentation and the book, Transformation under Fire, (Praeger, 2003) and report its findings to Congress. Direct GAO to provide briefings on interim findings 60 and 90 days into the study. 2. Second, Direct the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (VCJCS, JROC Chairman) to model the MTM alternative Army Force Design in simulation using a current warfighting scenario. Direct the VCJCS to report his findings on the proposed alternative to Congress within 90 days.

The advanced world, too vulnerable to survive a war of attrition or mass destruction, must learn to conduct its affairs by the Rapier. R. E. Simpkin, Race to the Swift, 1985

Back-Up Slides

Summary of Key Points:

The primary purpose of an army - to be ready to fight effectively at all times seemed to have been forgotten. The leadership I found in many instances was sadly lacking General Matthew Ridgway, The Korean War, page 88. Without reform and reorganization on the MTM model, the nation ends up with a smaller, less capable, Hollow Army than the one the Army Chief of Staff says we have now. MTM will save money, but its also designed to cope with the unexpected, Strategic Surprise; a Korean-like Emergency in 1950 or a Sarajevo-like event in 1914, not counterinsurgency and nation building;

MTM employs force integration thru Joint C2 and ISR to confer a war-winning advantage on the US Armed Forces. The ISR, Strike, Maneuver, Sustainment Framework is crucial to integration of capabilities across service lines.
With a new, integrative Army force design, $ Savings emerge because its easier to identify unneeded equipment, reduce and eliminate command overhead the Army no longer needs: Adopt joint rotational readiness: It preserves depth in the force and provides more ready, deployable combat power at lower cost to the Joint Operations.

What does a new Professional Development Paradigm look like?

New Human Capital Strategy values talent more than longevity! (C2I = Character, Competence, Intelligence).

This is the path to Secretary Hagels goal: more agile and effective organizations and more empowered junior leaders.

What is the new Strategy?


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US National Security Strategy

1. Maintain the military power to ensure no one power or coalition of powers can dominate the Eurasian landmass and restrict the U.S. freedom of maneuver in any area of importance to the U.S. 2. Defend the Western Hemisphere and ensure the security of U.S. borders and coastal waters; 3. As required, conduct punitive military operations to neutralize or destroy unambiguous threats to U.S. national security interests.

US Military Strategy

US Operational Concepts

4. Defend and maintain the lines of communication and bases necessary for the execution of the above tasks. Outcome: Build regionally focused, integrated, Joint Force Commands, (not ad hoc Joint Task Force Hqtrs), to conduct all arms/all effects operations (new operational concept) in dispersed mobile warfare. Outcome: Reorganize the Army to expand the nations range of strategic options; Combat Groups Forces in Being capable of conducting operations on land under Joint C2 against a mix of potential opponents, conventional and unconventional.




The ISR-Strike-Maneuver-Sustainment Framework:

The Framework is not just about things. Its about integrating existing and future capabilities within an agile operational framework guided by human understanding. Its an intellectual construct with technological infrastructure. The Framework is the next logical step in the evolution of warfare beyond the ad hoc coordination of Federal Agencies or combined arms, airground cooperation, air-sea battle, amphibious and special operations.
U.S. capabilities must be integrated at the operational level to detect, deter, disrupt,

neutralize or destroy opposing forces/threats decisively; Apply the ISR-Strike-Maneuver-Sustainment Framework as a methodology for investment planning and programming as constrained budgets compel force optimization; Develop the framework inside a reduced number of regional unified commands.

A Regionally Focused Joint Force Command Structure

Joint Force Commander These are modular HQTRS. More C-2 modules can be added as required.

Deputy CDR for Maneuver

Deputy CDR for Strike

Deputy CDR for ISR

Deputy CDR for Sustainment

Army, Navy, AF, Marine capabilities for employment plug in under one star or below.

Example: Theater Missile Defense Group (TMDG)

This Combat Group from the Strike Echelon can be deployed for Homeland Defense or Expeditionary Missions.



4000 Troops 27 THAADs 48 PATRIOTs 72 NASAMs

The Joint Force needs this capability.

Ballistic Missiles

ADA 2x PATRIOT Batteries BN 3x NASAM Batteries

Commo Relay Co

1x THAAD Battery

Cruise Missiles

ADA 2x PATRIOT Batteries BN 3x NASAM Batteries

Commo Relay Co

1x THAAD Battery

ADA 2x PATRIOT Batteries BN 3x NASAM Batteries

Commo Relay Co

1x THAAD Battery

National Command Authorities should begin fielding TMD Groups from existing assets.


Without ground-based TMD, the Joint Force is at risk.


The Light Reconnaissance-Strike Group (LRSG)

The LRSG is the place for new Puma variants!

Estimated cost of fielding four LRSG all arms battle groups equipped with 1,010 Puma variants in 5 to 7 years = $7.2 billion; Versus 1,748 Bradley Replacements (GCVs) for $28.8 billion in 8 years. PUMA variants are non-developmental, speeding delivery. (Pumas can be built in U.S.).

How can the Army modernize in a period of fiscal austerity?

Dont bind Army efforts through massive programs intended to stamp out 20,000 ideal designs over two decades of production runs (FCS); Dont build a better carburetor. Go for fuel injection; equip a new force design with new technology; Dont stuff a squad into one platform and court catastrophic losses!
Rapid prototyping applies to the operational force design and the technologies they employ. When tied to a new force design, rapid prototyping explores/develops new capabilities quickly with smaller inventories of new equipment in soldiers hands before larger investments are made; Using a proven platform mitigates risk and speeds up delivery. Innovate, dont invent from scratch. (German/IDF approach). The Puma AFV

What works now should triumph over unobtainium.

Current Comparison of BCT with CMG

Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) 3,739 Troops Combat Maneuver Groups (CMG) 5,500 Troops


58 M1 Tanks 82 M2/3 BFVs 36 LRAS HMMWVs 10 120mm Mortars 16 155mm SP Guns Target Acquistion


114 M1 Tanks 131 M2/3 BFVs 12-16 Armed

Helicopters +2



UAVs and UCAVs

Fires Battalion Support Battalion

Strike Battalion
C4I Battalion

27 120mm Mortars 24 155mm SP Guns 6-8 MLRS (Rocket) Target Acquistion

Battery + Radars and UCAVs

Support Battalion


A Snapshot of BCTS versus Combat Groups (CG)

BCTs (Projected)
Infantry BCT Armor BCTs Stryker BCTs Total BCTs 13 12 7 32 VS CGs (Maneuver Echelon)


4 12 6 4 26

20,600 Troops 66,000 Troops 35,000 Troops 15,000 Troops 136,600 Troops

144,000 Troops
The BCTs are the reinforced brigades inside divisions with roughly 4,500 men (projected). The BCTs are aligned with division and corps headquarters to restore the ten division force structure, a smaller version of the Cold War Army that emerged after Desert Storm.

Combat Group Types in Maneuver Echelon: LRSG: Light Reconnaissance Strike Group (5,150) CMG: Combat Maneuver Group armor (5,500) ICG: Infantry Combat Group - motorized (5000) AAG: Airborne-Air Assault Group (5,000)

Who is Douglas Macgregor?

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Colonel (ret) Douglas Macgregor was commissioned in the US. Army in 1976 after 4 years at West Point and 1 year at VMI. In 1991, Macgregor was awarded the bronze star with V device for valor for his personal leadership of the lead cavalry troops that destroyed an Iraqi Republican Guard Brigade in the Battle of the 73 Easting, the U.S. Armys largest tank battle since World War II. His latest book, Warriors Rage. The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting (Naval Institute Press, 2009) describes the action from his tank turret. As the Chief of Strategic Planning and Director of the Joint Operations Center at SHAPE (1997-2000), Macgregor supervised the planning and strategic conduct of the Kosovo Air Campaign and subsequent occupation of Kosovo. On 16-17 January 2002, the Secretary of Defense directed General Tommy Franks to meet with Macgregor to discuss his concept for the attack to seize Baghdad. Though modified Macgregors offensive concept was largely adopted. Macgregors concepts from his groundbreaking books on military transformation, Breaking the Phalanx (1997) and Transformation under Fire (2003) continue to exert influence inside the worlds militaries. His books are available in Chinese, Korean and Hebrew, as well as English. The French and Russian Armies have adopted the essential features of his force design. Macgregor holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Virginia.