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The Marine Corps FiST: an interorganizational analysis of the Fire Support System and its environment

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Authors
Sims, Jonathan N.
Subjects
Artillery
Fire Support
Inter-organization
Advisors
Roberts, Nancy
Simon, Carey
Date of Issue
2003-12
Date
December 2003
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The focus of the U.S. Marine Corps is the maneuver element, most importantly the infantry. The artillery exists to support the maneuver element as the all-weather, all-capable fire supporter. The basic organization and strategy for Marine artillery has remained the same for over fifty years. The objective of this project is to analyze the interaction of Marine Corps Artillery and Maneuver units to determine the congruence of the inter-organizational linkages to the stated strategy and operational need. The Fire Support Team (FiST) is the team used to coordinate fire support at the lowest tactical level. It consists of members from all of the fire support assets available to the maneuver company as well as members of the company command element. Research has been conducted to determine the evaluation of the FiST by various stakeholders and the suggestions they have for improvement. Organizational business literature is applied to the FiST concept in order to frame the analysis and give guidance for improvement. Using organizational analysis, recommendations will be provided to improve the customer/service (infantry/artillery) relationship. These models will provide some additional insight into the relationship between these two partners.
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MBA Professional Report
Department
Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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Format
xiv, 54 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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