Praire Warrior 98: Looking Ahead

By Moilanen, Jon H. | Military Review, January/February 1998 | Go to article overview

Praire Warrior 98: Looking Ahead


Moilanen, Jon H., Military Review


Training leaders for the rigors of military leadership in today's complex environment is the US Army Command and General Staff College's (CGSC's) ongoing charter at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. PRAIRIE WARRIOR (PW), the capstone Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) command post exercise (CPX), spotlights the "Leavenworth Experience" as an institutional pillar of Army training and education. CGSC has become the Army's premier university for the tactical and operational levels of warfare, making it the tactical field Army's intellectual heart and soul.1

PW evolved from a 1989 testbed course that focused on large-scale, combined arms operations and inherent tactical command and control (C) issues. The new era of strategic change challenged CGSC to develop a relevant capstone exercise. International events included major global and regional power shifts in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the expanded importance of US vital interests in the Pacific Rim, the congressional mandate to downsize the US Armed Forces and an everincreasing commitment of US forces to contingencies around the world.

Formally implemented in 1991 as a college CPX, PW objectives assessed functional CP responsibilities, leadership skills and conduct of joint and combined operations. CGSC increased faculty and student participation from the School for Advanced Military Studies and Army War College fellows of the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship. …

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