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Discusses tactical-technological interactions observed during a study of advanced employment concepts for ground force operations. The study involved a direct-fire system — a portable weapon resembling a bazooka that fires a laser beam-rider missile — and two indirect-fire systems, one a precision guided mortar system, the other a precision guided missile. The authors present observations and speculations about the future ground combat operations in Europe, on the basis of which they urge a more effective partnership between tacticians and technologists. The increasingly complex weapons produced by technology will place greater demands on human capabilities, tactical adaptations are likely to be more feasible in wartime than technological innovations, and major developments in either tactics or technology will have a ripple effect on force structure and combat operations.

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