Applying the National Training Center Experience

Artillery Targeting Accuracy

by Martin Goldsmith, James S. Hodges, M. L. Burn

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This Note describes a study that examined the accuracy of simulated artillery fires during force-on-force engagements at the National Training Center (NTC). The authors found that only about one-third of artillery missions were either effective or suppressive. Available data show that artillery observers using only map, compass, and binoculars cannot consistently achieve accurate first-round fire-for-effect. NTC data show that initial fire plans are likewise insufficiently accurate. The authors make recommendations for doctrinal and procedural improvements and for added training equipment.

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