Division Artillery: A Force Multiplier

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What is it?

The Division Artillery (DIVARTY) provides a long range precision fire support capability to the commander. It coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, and employs fires to achieve the division commander's objectives.

The DIVARTY can provide mission command to field artillery battalions (Rocket and Cannon) and other assets as required. The DIVARTY headquarters, through its fire control section, synchronizes all sensors to include sentinel and other indirect fire radars into the Division Deep Fight. This target acquisition capability enhances information collection and the timely engagement of targets in order to achieve the commander's objectives through proper sensor to shooter linkages.

A DIVARTY will be assigned to each of the 10 active component divisions and is ideally stationed with the division headquarters. The first unit made the transition in July, and the last units are expected to complete their reorganization by the fourth quarter FY 16.

What has the Army done?

In December 2012, the Fires Center of Excellence submitted a Force Design Update (FDU) to re-establish field artillery command headquarters at echelons above brigade, for consideration in the Total Army Analysis process for fiscal years 2016-2020. On Oct. 3, 2013, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army approved the FDU. It is anticipated that this organizational design will be completed across the force by first quarter FY 16.

On April 9, 2014, the Army disseminated an Implementation order outlining a plan to bring back the DIVARTY.

On July 23, 2014, the 1st Armored Division Artillery was the first DIVARTY to be reactivated.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army's vision is to establish the DIVARTY as the nation's premier fires force; organized, equipped, and trained to employ and deliver joint and combined arms fires. The strategy, extending to the year 2020, is divided into three core competencies (deliver fires; integrate fires; and conduct targeting) and four lines of effort (organization; training and development; proper employment; employ and sustainment of the force).

The 3rd Infantry Division Artillery in coordination with the 82nd Airborne has recently conducted a Warfighter Exercise with this strategy in mind.

3ID DIVARTY will be the first fully validated division level Field Artillery (FA) headquarters. Scheduled for the second quarter of training year 2015, additionally, 3ID DIVARTY is currently planning a Joint Exercise that will expand on the recent training exercise and support the branches overall strategy.

Why is this important to the Army?

This new design best meets the required capabilities in support of Combatant Commanders and the Joint force. This results in the ability to effectively integrate and synchronize fires at Division, in support of Unified Land Operations (ULO). After 12 years of persistent conflict, the DIVARTY construct will emphasize FA core competencies, and leader and professional development, within the Fires Warfigher function.

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