systems when time, personnel, and equipment are available. The use of various multiplexing devices
allows the simultaneous transmission of more than one message over a single circuit. In combat, use
existing commercial wire circuits when feasible. Wire communications are especially reliable and
desirable in defensive operations where movement is limited and time is available for installation and
PART B - RADIO AND WIRE DIAGRAMS IN THE MANEUVER BRIGADE
Overview. You can better understand the signal support requirements of a maneuver brigade and
battalion if you know the radio net structure. At the brigade level, command and control is exercised
through division, brigade, and battalion nets.
Radio and Wire Nets. Command and control within the maneuver brigade is achieved through the
use of a number of single-channel radio and wire networks. These nets will be illustrated through a
series of diagrams.
Three radio nets will be discussed (command/operations, intelligence,
administrative/logistics), along with who in the brigade talks with whom. You need to remember that
the training objective is to learn the various radio nets, not to reflect the actual type equipment currently
in a unit. Keep in mind that the Army's modernization program is underway to replace older vehicles
and radio equipment. Figure 2-1, page 2-6, shows the communications ancillary equipment legend.
Brigade HQ. Figures 2-2A and 2-2B, pages 2-8 and 2-9, show the brigade command and
operations Net (FM voice) in a mechanized infantry brigade. Both the older and newer generation of
adios and vehicles are shown.
a. The command section provides necessary supervision, control, and coordination for the
brigade, and attached units.
b. The S1 section provides personnel and administrative support.
c. The S2 section collects, evaluates, and disseminates intelligence data.
d. The S3 section is responsible for operations and training within the brigade, and coordination
among the maneuver battalions, the brigade HQ, and the division HQ.
e. The S4 section manages logistics support, resources, and requirements.
f. The company HQ is responsible for administrative, logistical, and supply support for brigade