Currently, the U.S. Army is undergoing a transformation while preparing for Multi-Domain Operations and Large-Scale Combat Operations. These concepts include an axiom that describes U.S. forces as being “over-matched” by near-peer adversaries, such as China or Russia. In response, the US Army uses an acronym, DOTMLPF-P, to examine its Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materials, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy to find a proper solution. Thus far, the U.S. Army has identified six major weapons programs it plans to acquire to close the gap. This article aims to add a key item to restore U.S. military supremacy on the battlefield: Culture. Specifically, a Warrior Culture.
To prepare for a looming confrontation with a heavily-equipped enemy, the U.S. Army should make fundamental changes to its warfighting concepts. To instill a Warrior Culture, the U.S. Army must push decisionmaking abilities down to the company level. This is in stark contrast to the Russian and Chinese armies, which retain critical decisions at the regimental level. As a follow-on result, the U.S. Army could unravel the enemy’s decisionmaking process by allowing its company commanders to thwart enemy plans at the outset of contact.
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