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Armor Magazine, July-August 1989

Armor Magazine, July-August 1989

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In 1960, General Maxwell
D.
Taylor wrote
in
hisbook,
The Uncertain Trumpet,
‘The determina-tion of the United States strategy has become amore
or
less incidental byproduct of the ad-ministrative process of the defense budget.”The truth of this statement has not weakenedover the last three decades. If
it
is possible to beeven more true now than then,
it
is. But whencoupled with the perception of a diminishedthreat to our national security, the
two,
hand
in
hand, can do more to effect our readiness thanany other single pressure.The INF Treaty, Mr. Gorbachev’s initiatives, and
U.S.
responses have undoubtedly lowered thepossibility of a conflagration due to a mistake
or
misunderstanding. But this sword has
two
edges, and that second edge has generated afeeling throughout NATO that peace has brokenout,
so
why do we need all this expensivehardware?This is not an unusual nor a new reaction.When the external threat ceased after our Warfor Independence, Congress disbanded theArmy and sold the Navy.While General Chaffee and others were fightingfor the creation of an Armored Force betweenthe World Wars, they received only
$60,000
fortank development from 1925 to 1939, when aclear and present threat emerged again.But this time, the standdown process seemsto be moving at a faster pace then before. Overthe past two months, defense periodicals havereported one NATO member after another takingbudget action to kill upgrade and modernizationprograms. These unilateral measures require noagreements or treaties. They just quietly gointo effect. They form a big picture that maysound alarms to some folks.What does all this mean to tankers and caval-rymen? Besides finding ourselves
in
the smal-lest Army since World War
II,
besides fewerand slower promotions,
it
means that we willhave to make do with what we have now.We’ll have to train better because we won’t beable to train as often. We may have to dowithout Block
II
and
111
improvements to theAbrams. We’ll have to get some more yearsout of our old recovery vehicles. We’ll have todo more simulation than the real
thing.
We’llhave less opportunity to serve overseas andto go to schoolhouse training. Here at FortKnox, according to a recent article, there maybe cutbacks
or
elimination of initial entrydriver training, M1 Tank Commander Certifica-tion Course, M3 Bradley Scout CommanderCertification Course, AOB gunnery training,M60A3 Master Gunner Course, and BNCOC.Officials are only looking at these programs asa source for savings, but they indicate whichway the wind is blowing.Every unit and installation will be forced toevaluate and cut.
We
will get lean. There is nochoice there. But to stay mean is the real chal-lenge. We’ve been through budget-slashingperiods before, and we’ve made do with oldequipment before. But we’ve not always beensuccessful in the second part. Let’s hopewe’ve learned from the past.The difficulty
in
making predictions
s
that wedon’t know what will happen
in
the future.
So
it
might be a good idea to keep one hand onyour wallet.
-
PJC
By Order of the Secretary of the Army:CARL E. VUONOGeneral, United States ArmyChief
of
StaffOfficial:WILLIAM J. MEEHAN I1Brigadier General, United States ArmyThe Adjutant General
 
The Professional DeveloRment Bulletin of the Armor Branch
PB-77-894
Editorkr-Chief
MAJOR
PATRICK
J.
COONEY
Managing Editor
JON T. CLEMENS
Commandant
MG
THOMAS H. TAlT
ARMOR
(ISSN
0004-2420)
is publishedbimonthly by the
U.S.
Anny
Armor
Center, 4401
Vine
Grove Road, Fort Knox.
KY
40121.Disclaimer: The information contained inARMOR repments the professional opinions
of
the authors and does not necessarily reflect theofficial Amy or TRAWC position, nor does itchange or supersede any informationpresented in other official Army publications.Official distribution is limited to one copy
for
each heavy brigade headquarters,
armored
cavalry regiment headquarters, armor battalionheadquarters, armored cavalry squadron head-quarters, reconnaissance squadron headquarters, armored
cavalry
troop, annor com-pany, and motorized brigade headquarters
of
the
United
States Army. In addition, Armylibraries,
Army
and DOD
schools,
HQ
DA
andMACOM staff agencies
with
responsibility or ar-mored, direct fire, ground combat systems, or-ganizations, and
the
training of personnel forsuch organizations may request
two
copies bysending a military
letter
to
the editor-inchief.Authorized
Content:
ARMOR will print
only
those materials for which the
U.S.
Army ArmorCenter has proponemy. That proponemy
in-
cludes: all armored, direct-fire ground combatsystems that do not serve primarily as infantrycarriers: all weapons used exclusively in thesesystems or by CMF lsseries enlisted soldiers:any miscellaneous items of equipment whicharmor and armored cavalry organizations useexclusively; training for all SC
12A,
128,
and12C
officers
and for all CMF-1Sseries enlistedsoldiers; and information concerning the train-ing, logistics, history, and leadership
of
armorand armored cavalry units at the brigadelregi-ment level and
below,
to include Threat units
at
those levels.Material may
be
mpin¶ed,
provided
credit
isgiven to ARMOR
and
to
the author, exceptwhere copyright s
indicated.
Jnly-Angost
1989,
Vol
XCVTII
NO.
Features
4
7
11
18
20
24
26
33
40
43
43
1989
Armor
Conference
-
Equipment DisplaysAir DefenseintheCovering
Force
Area
by CPT Steven
W.
Karaffa
and
1
LT Timothy
J.
Perez
Employing Tanks with
Collective
NBC Protection
by Major F.
R.
Thomas,
8th
Canadian Hussars
The Acceptabk Marginof
Em
by SFC Thomas
J.
Lindsley and CfT
Lloyd
A.
DavisRehearsals: The Silent Requirement
by CPT James
M.
Watford
Merkava Mk.3: Israel's
New
Spearhead
by Lieutenant ColonelDavidEshel, IDF, Retired
Passing Through the
Eyeof
a Needle:Breach and Defile Operations
by LTC Thomas
V.
Morley and CfT Anthony
J.
Tata
HMMWVs and
Scouts:
Do
They Mix?
by MAJ Barry Scribner
TheBattaIion
Task
Force
S2-Scout Plattnm
leader
Relationship
by CPT Herbert
R.
McMaster Jr.
TheSoviet
Operational
Maneuver
Group:
Would
it
Work in Central Europe?
by CPT Gregory
W.
Grist
Army
Fih#ssand
Combat
Readiness
by
CPT
Michael
W.
Schweppe
Departments
2
Letters
42
Recognition
Quiz
Answers
2
Contacts
50
BustleRack6 Commander'sHatch
51
Books
39
Recognition
Quiz

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