In recent corps and division warfighter exercises, commanders and staffs routinely synchronized their battle rhythms with the air tasking order (ATO). Further, during recent counter insurgency (COIN) operations, this alignment was operationally accepted where the TEMPO of the operation was considerably slower, and the enemy was not a conventional near peer threat. However, Army doctrine does not require a corps or division to align its battle rhythm with the Air Force’s Air Tasking Order (ATO). Additionally, in large scale combat operations (LSCO), the battlefield is dynamic and unpredictable; requiring agility and flexibility to gain and maintain the initiative over a near peer enemy in-real-time. With this, one must ask: is it best for a corps and division HQ to synchronize their battle rhythms with the ATO during LSCO?
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