Jekyll and Hyde in a Tank: The Dilemma of Task Force Battle Command from a Killing System, [report]

James B. Henderson
1993 unpublished
JEKYLL AND HYDE IN A TANK: THE DILEMMA OF TASK FORCE BATTLE COMMAND FROM A KILLING SYSTEM by Major James B. Henderson, USA, 55 pages. This monograph examines the adequacy of the U.S. Army's concept for its Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT) as a battle command vehicle for the armored task force commander. The study scrutinizes the battle command requirements of the armored task force commander from the moral and cybernetic perspectives. Analysis of a model FMBT in terms of the versatility,
more » ... rsatility, flexibility, and fightability it provides to the commander reveals the need for a tank specifically designed to meet his leadership, decision making, and force control requirements. The monograph first presents the elements of battle command &om the perspective of the armored task force commander. The study examines the commander's leadership, decision making, and force control requirements separately and as they impact on each other. The result is a framework that the study uses to assess the adequacy of the model FMBT's design with respect to the needs of the commander. The framework also provides a comprehensive model that combat developers can use as a reference when developing requirements for a future Battle Command Vehicle or Command Group Vehicle The monograph next presents a model FMBT in terms of four fundamental parameters of tank design: lethality, survivability, mobility, and sustainability. Current and emerging technologies of the next ten to fifteen years bound the model's design feasibility. The study then analyzes how well the model FMBT meets the commander's battle command requirements. Analysis of the tank's conceptual design in terms of versatility, flexibility, and fightability required by the commander determines that there is a need for a Commander's Future Main Battle Tank. The study concludes that future production of a multifunctional FMBT is possible given the flexibility of its modular crew stations and electronics architecture. Further investigation of the Commander's FMBT concept is necessary and can be done using several contemporary research and development tools. Refinement of the concept will provide detailed definition of the requirements for a Commander's FMBT so that combat developers can revise existing requirements documents to reflect this need. Bryan Perrett, The Panzerkampfwagen 111
doi:10.21236/ada289121 fatcat:htpfbrwkrfexffi22gp7zs6cly