Fires transformation subject of latest ILW publication 

11/1/2009 

AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently published a Torchbearer National Security Report discussing the transformation of the Army’s air defense and field artillery into the Fires Force.

"Key Issues Relevant to U.S. Army Fires and the Warfighter" outlines the way ahead for the Fires Force, including changes in doctrine, infrastructure, systems and processes to maximize the synergies shared by air defense and field artillery.

"The goal is to continuously adapt to a versatile mix of tailorable and networked organizations, operating on a rotational cycle, to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready forces for full-spectrum operations and to hedge against unexpected contingencies—at a tempo that is predictable and sustainable for the All-Volunteer Force."

The Army’s Fires senior leadership is implementing a thorough, far-reaching plan to enhance the capabilities of the Fires Force by revolutionizing its institutional base into an effective and efficient enterprise.

The report describes this plan which will result in "a decisive Fires Force that provides responsive, scalable and accurate lethal and nonlethal fires for the joint commanders at the times and places of their choosing."

The new Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) acts as a headquarters for the integrated Fires Force, trains and educates soldiers and leaders, develops capabilities, and provides and sustains a Fires Force to support joint warfighting capabilities.

The FCoE is developing "interoperable, networked and integrated systems capable of executing multiple missions and the education system to support leaders and operators for those systems."

The report warns that, "[t]he Fires Strategy must continue to have timely and predictable resources or the procurement holiday of the 1990s will be repeated and soldiers in harm’s way will make the ultimate sacrifice."

This Torchbearer paper and other institute publications are available in the ILW section of the AUSA website at http://www.ausa.org/ilw, by calling (800) 336-4570, Ext. 630, or by emailing a request to ilwpublications@ausa.org.