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    An interview with MG Patrick Donohoe, CDR the Maneuver Center of Excellence at FT Benning, oversees the Infantry & Armor Schools.

    New training and design techniques are a foot at Mother Benning.

    New formations, scenarios take shape at the Army’s maneuver center

    By Todd South
    Oct 12, 09:54 AM

    “We’ve changed all of our training scenarios from the Middle East to Europe or the Pacific Rim to focus on the threats and adversaries,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, who heads the MCOE.

    Donahoe spoke with Army Times ahead of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting. He gave an overview of the work done over the past year at MCOE and how it affects the ground combat element and the rest of the Army.

    In the captains career course, they’ve moved away from cordon and search scenarios. And they’ve added into each classroom access to command post computing environments, as well as updated battle command systems.

    “Now that the students can access that inside our classrooms, we’re off map sheets and off plexiglass and now planning and operating on Army battle command systems before they go to the force,” Donahoe said.

    On top of training, MCOE also develops new units and puts concepts to the test to see if they work.

    “Currently, the heavy divisional cavalry squadron, its force design, is going through a number of turns at the Maneuver Battle Lab,” Donahoe said. “We’re developing the light brigade and motorized brigade, taking a series of turns with those on European and Asian terrain.”

    An armored assault company is also being designed. If approved by Army leadership, it would include two Bradley Fighting Vehicle platoons led by an armor lieutenant and all of those crewman would have the 19C MOS – a purpose built Bradley crewman.

    Inside that assault company there are also two infantry platoons led by an infantry lieutenant and sergeant. The students leaving Fort Benning will be Bradley drivers from day one.

    The MCOE has also become the centerpiece of where soldiers are working with
    tactical robots, from ground robotic wingmen to pocket-sized drones.

    They’ve done work with those organizations on how to employ robotics systems in an infantry platoon or combined arms company.

    “You never know how things are going to be employed by soldiers in a sterile laboratory,” Donahoe said. “You have to do it in the dirt outside the lab, inside the squad and platoon.”
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