FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are facing a more modern enemy as part of their rotation at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center this month to make sure they're ready for any conflict.
Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are in rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center this month. | Photo courtesy of JRTC Operations Group
With an ever-evolving battlefield, the Army has been emphasizing training for near-peer threats like Russia or China for the last couple of years.
This shift comes after nearly two decades of counter-insurgency warfare, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, soldiers are preparing for a decisive action battlefield, more than the roadside bombs and guerilla-like military tactics they've encountered throughout the Global War on Terror.
A near-peer opponent is a conventional force with similar firepower, air support, and technology as U.S. troops. This type of enemy could have long-range artillery or be able to jam American communication and weapons systems. 3rd Brigade commander Colonel Kendall Clarke explained that it's about moving at a faster pace in domains that span from underground to outer space.
"Now we have to account for threats in the cyber domain and the electromagnetic spectrum. It's no secret that we as U.S. forces use drones but now us having a contested air space and being able to address those threats have been an extreme challenge because it's not something that we've had to deal with over the last 18 years."
Col. Clarke called it going back to Army fundamentals and doing that large scale training more often. 3-10 returned from a Middle East tour last summer. JRTC rotations every one to two years helps prepare patriot brigade soldiers to be ready to deploy at any time.