Priority number one for the Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, is to adequately revise the course curriculum to educate LSCO and competitiveness with China and Russia.
The MCCC curriculum emphasized the brigade combat team as the unit of action with many air assets and enablers operating in a primarily uncontested environment. By 2022, training in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) will be performed at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Mississippi. The training will emphasize how to fight and win in various terrains, from the Baltics’ deep woods to East Asia’s mountains.
When describing MCoE’s LSCO transition, Maj. Gen. Donahoe’s constant counsel has been “east of the Vistula, north of the Han.” In June 2021, Army Chief of Staff General McConville declared, “The Army must comprehend the challenge presented by China to the same degree as we comprehended the Soviet Union.”
Neither MCCC nor MCoE had ever integrated a Chinese Army-based threat into their training and instructional situations. Over sixty percent of MCCC’s scenarios now have DATE threat actors resembling the Chinese formations specified in ATP 7-100.3 Chinese Tactics. The simulations at MCCC are designed to educate students on how to account for a threat with accurate and overmatched firepower, air defense assets at practically every echelon, aircraft capable of attacking friendly forces, and the ability to disrupt our communications on a large scale. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s 35th fleet departed the port city of Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province towards the Gulf of Aden and seas around Somalia.