Understanding that it is the terrain and elements, more than enemy bullets or activity, that are the greatest danger to the individual fighting man in cold weather warfare, the goal of Operational Studies has been to develop programs that best prepare the operator to maintain a high level of performance and mission capability under the harshest conditions.
STTU’s Alpine Operations manual, released in January 2000, represents the culmination of over two years travel, climbing and research in some of the most inhospitable regions of the globe. It also required close cooperation of US Army and US Marine Corps mountain warfare schools in both summer and winter along with the study of various foreign alpine groups.
As a continuation of this program, Operational Studies continues with research in several war zones where cold weather and mountain warfare skills can be better observed and evaluated. This opportunity is also being used to further test and evaluate equipment suited to mountain warfare such as packs, hydration systems, cooking systems, tents and sleeping gear, cold weather gear, medical equipment, GPS and land navigation systems, climbing equipment, skis, snow shoes, weapons systems, ammunition, optics and communications.
At the request of the US military, STTU and OS have developed a series of highly informative lecture programs designed to prepare US troops for winter deployment in the Balkans or Afghanistan or other cold weather, mountainous regions of the globe. The primary objective of these programs is to improve mission capability through a better understanding of the environment, individual performance expectations, training, equipment, logistics, mobility, and command & control limitations.
Through the use of high impact audio-visuals, Operational Studies is able to equip commanders, team leaders and troops with the knowledge essential to maintaining mission capability and effectiveness in a cold weather or mountain warfare environment. Combining the grim statistics of past winter deployments with more current "lessons learned" in Afghanistan brings a cold reality and realistic tactical appreciation for the limitations imposed by cold weather and mountainous terrain.
Each lecture program is custom designed to meet the training and operational requirements of the host unit or agency. The following topics can be covered individually as mini-lectures or combined into a more comprehensive lecture and training package.