The Staff Ride Team develops and conducts live and virtual staff rides as an educational tool for Soldiers. By focusing on the timeless and universal aspects of warfighting, staff rides provide important insights into military operations, concepts of leadership and the face of battle, through vignettes and topics for discussion. The Staff Ride Team also provides information and guidance to US Army organizations on how to conduct staff rides for the purpose of educating leaders.

The Staff Ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that envisions a systematic preliminary study, an extensive visit to campaign sites, and an opportunity to integrate lessons derived from each. A significant component of this detailed study is the analysis of the terrain over which the action took place and the effect of that terrain upon the battle or campaign. It is this three dimensional visualization of the battlefield that separates a staff ride from a battle analysis.

A virtual staff ride (VSR) follows the same methodology as a "live" or "field" staff ride, but because travel restrictions preclude a trip to battlefield sites, the terrain is replicated in a virtual environment. The Army Press model of a virtual staff ride envisions a detailed replication of terrain based upon satellite imagery and the construction of three dimensional models to immerse the student in the virtual terrain, thus providing the most realistic vision of the battlefield possible.

Staff Ride Offerings

Click on this button below to display the complete list of field offerings or zoom in and click on a marker. Red markers correspond to the American Revoution. Blue markers correspond to the American Civil War. Yellow markers correspond to Indian Wars. Green markers are other miscellaneous wars and battles.

Staff Ride Program Offerings

Virtual Staff Ride Offerings

Since 2005, CSI has provided the Army with a new platform for leader development with VSRs to augment our numerous field staff ride offerings. Featuring 3D imagery produced largely from satellite imagery, photographs, video, and first-hand accounts from participants, the VSR leverages current technology to conduct an effective staff ride without leaving the classroom. Initially utilized to capture lessons learned from Afghanistan and Iraq, the eight VSRs and wide array of supporting publications currently offered by CSI continue to assist Army units in pre-deployment preparation and universal leader programs. CSI Staff Ride Team instructors actively provide VSR support to Active and Reserve Components at CONUS and OCONUS installations, supporting leader development programs from the ROTC to the Corps level.

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The Marne Campaign (1914) Screenshot

The Marne Campaign (1914)

This staff ride is a study of the opening campaign of WWI in the west, culminating with the First Battle of the Marne. The VSR examines the operational and strategic levels of warfare, highlighting issues in the multinational coalition and warfighting, the impact of new technology on doctrine, the influence of personality on decision making, and the planning and execution of operations at all three levels of war. This 12 hour staff ride can be tailored to a variety of audiences and can be shortened based upon the requesting organization’s training objectives.

Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943)

Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943)

This virtual staff ride is currently under development with an estimated completion time of 4Q17. The 6-hour staff ride will study this pivotal World War II battle from a variety of perspectives. It will be designed for use at multiple echelons of command, from company through theater army level. The focus is to educate leaders on the challenges and complexity of urban warfare at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war.

Operation Anaconda VSR Screenshot

Operation Anaconda (2002)

A day long staff ride (or partial day staff ride) that examines the coalition attack into the Shahi Kowt Valley in 2002. The study encompasses conventional operations (3/101 ABN Div), coalition operations (Afghan Military Forces), joint operations (CFACC), and special operations.

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Ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company (2003)

This 2-hour staff ride studies the ambush of a convoy from the 507th Maint Co on 23 March 2003 during the V Corps advance to Baghdad.

Fallujah VSR Screenshot

Fallujah (2004)

This five-hour staff ride examines the US-led coalition operation to secure the Iraqi insurgent stronghold of Fallujah in November 2004. This first true Unified Land Operations-oriented staff ride is an ideal leader development and education tool for the Brigade and Division level as organizations learn to fully understand the concepts of Unified Land Operations and Mission Command within the doctrinal construct of the Decisive Action Training Environment.

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Palm Sunday Ambush (2005)

This 2-hour staff ride focuses on the insurgent ambush of two supply convoys on ASR Detroit and US actions on contact on 20 March, 2005.

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Check Point 541 (2005)

This 2-hour staff ride highlights an escalation of force incident at a US blocking position in Baghdad on 4 March 2005, resulting in the accidental death of an Italian Major General.

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Wanat (2008)

A 4-hour staff ride that examines a coalition Task Force conducting COIN operations in the Waygal valley of Afghanistan, 2007-2008, focusing primarily on an insurgent attack on a small COP occupied by 2d PLT, C Co, 2-503 Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Staff Ride Handbooks and Resources

If you are interested in reading publications on how to conduct your own staff ride or in learning more about the actual staff rides we offer visit our Staff Ride Library.