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RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (Photo by Baz Ratner, Reuters) Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, fire a mortar during a firefight with Taliban forces 18 April 2012 in Zhary District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. teams, the scouts lead the infantry battalions to their secondary objectives while the dismounted troop pushes further out into the security zone. Synchronized Reconnaissance During the assault phase and subsequent phases, the squadron commander synchronizes the squadron’s maneuver forces with ISR assets external to the BCT, providing priorities and ensuring that the joint force commander’s priority intelligence requirements are answered by phase, collaborating with the brigade intelligence officer to analyze enemy activity, and adjusting reconnaissance assets accordingly. Sustainment is facilitated through the squadron’s mission command node. The squadron may need to remain self-sustaining for at least forty-eight to seventy-two hours, or until the assault force secures the lodgment and brings in resupply by aircraft. Once sustainment is secured on the airhead, resupply can reach the reconnaissance squadron through low-cost, low-altitude (LCLA) aerial resupply.22 The joint force commander will assume risk by employing the reconnaissance squadron in this fashion. The two mounted troops and the dismounted troop MILITARY REVIEW  March-April 2016 will, possibly, operate outside the range of indirect fire support from the airfield or naval gunships. While the mounted troops establish screen lines and expand the security zone, and the \