Full Spectrum Ops - Guestpost from Brigadier General Abe Abrams
Posted By Blackfive • [December 17, 2008]
BG Abrams requested a guest post about the new FM 7-0 Full Spectrum Operations. It is below (I added the photos and did not edit the text). Please put any constructive feedback in the Comments section.
So without further comment, here is the guest blog from BG Abrams:
The new training management field manual, FM 7-0, Training for Full
Spectrum Operations, released December 16th during the Training General
Officer Steering Committee (TGOSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas provides
implementation guidance for the concepts addressed in our Army's
capstone doctrine, FM 3-0 Operations. Posted on the Combined Arms
Center web site, http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/, this manual kept many of
the enduring ideas from FM 25-100/FM 7-0 Training the Force, yet
contains some big differences and new ideas. I hope that you will be
able to take the time to read the manual-it's a short, easy read-and let
us know what you think.
Just as FM 3-0 lays out a concept for full spectrum operations, FM 7-0
stresses that we can never return to a time when we only trained on
offensive and defensive tasks for major combat operations. The is a big
change in mindset for the US Army--so important we dedicated the entire
first chapter to what does changing the Army's mindset mean. The new
title Training for Full Spectrum Operations says it all. Today our
training must prepare leaders who are agile enough to be able to conduct
offensive, defensive, and stability operations-simultaneously-anywhere
along the spectrum of conflict-from general war to stable peace-in any
operational theme: major combat operations, irregular warfare, limited
intervention operations, peace operations, or peacetime military
engagement. FM 7-0 provides the direction to commanders in the field to
make it happen.
Some key differences/big ideas from previous Army Training Manuals:
* "Train as you'll fight"-now includes using both lethal and
* Core Mission Essential Task List (CMETL) helps standardize Army
capabilities by type unit AND provide the basis for full spectrum
* We can't train on all tasks; we must focus on the important
tasks and take prudent risks on those we don't train.
* The commanders' dialog is essential to preparing for the
* The Generating Force must play a greater role in supporting the
Operational Army ; developing expeditionary leaders requires
complementary efforts by the two forces.
* The band of excellence is gone; ARFORGEN increases readiness
* Practice mission command in training, giving more flexibility to
subordinate leaders to conduct training. Similarly, battle command must
be practiced routinely and not in spurts.
* Training management must not be prescriptive with respect to
training meetings, training briefings, and training cycles (red, green,
* Training on stability operations tasks is as important as
training on offensive and defensive operations tasks.
The CSA led the charge on changing the mindset, directing that the first
chapter of FM 7-0 help drive that the fact that we must think
differently about training and leader development. The next step is
the replacement for FM 7-1 Battle Focused Training. That replacement
will be a website called the Army Training Network (ATN) to go live on
March 16, 2009. ATN will provide the army with the lessons, best
practices, solutions to training challenges, and collaboration tools to
ensure that we, as an Army keep relevant the ways to implement the
concepts in FM 7-0. The American Soldier and the nation that supports
him/her should be proud to know that our Army is introspective enough as
an institution to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and not sit on
our laurels; instead, we are looking to the future and working our way
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