Tactics

 

Publication Title:                   Tactics
Publication/revision date:    01 OCT 2002
Field Manual:                        FM 3-90
   Supersedes:                      none
Distribution Restriction:       Approved for public release, distribution unlimited (public domain manuals)

CONTENTS
Table of Contents
FIGURES
TABLES
PREFACE

PART ONE TACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 1 THE ART OF TACTICS
The Tactical Level of War
The Science and Art of Tactics
Historical Example
Hasty Versus Deliberate Operations
Solving Tactical Problems

Chapter 2 COMMON TACTICAL CONCEPTS AND GRAPHIC CONTROL MEASURES
Doctrinal Hierarchy
The Operational Framework
Principles of War
Tenets of Army Operations
The Factors of METT-TC
Elements of Operational Design
Battlefield Operating Systems
Basic Tactical Concepts
Basic Tactical Graphic Control Measures

PART TWO OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
Chapter 3 THE BASICS OF THE OFFENSE
Characteristics of Offensive Operations
Historical Example
Types of Offensive Operations
Common Offensive Control Measures
Forms of Maneuver
Common Offensive Planning Considerations
Transition

Chapter 4 MOVEMENT TO CONTACT
Historical Example
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning a Movement to Contact
Executing a Movement to Contact
Search and Attack

Chapter 5 ATTACK
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning an Attack
Preparing an Attack
Executing an Attack
Special Purpose Attacks

Chapter 6 EXPLOITATION
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning an Exploitation
Executing an Exploitation

Chapter 7 PURSUIT
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning a Pursuit
Executing a Pursuit

PART THREE DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS
Chapter 8 BASICS OF DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS
Historical Example
Types of Defensive Operations
Common Defensive Control Measures
Common Defensive Planning Considerations
Common Defensive Scenarios
Transition

Chapter 9 THE AREA DEFENSE
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning an Area Defense
Preparing an Area Defense
Executing an Area Defense

Chapter 10 THE MOBILE DEFENSE
Historical Example
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning a Mobile Defense
Preparing a Mobile Defense
Execution of a Mobile Defense

Chapter 11 THE RETROGRADE
Historical Example
Delay
Withdrawal
Retirement
Combat Service Support
Unique Retrograde Situations

PART FOUR TACTICAL ENABLING OPERATIONS
Chapter 12 SECURITY OPERATIONS
Fundamentals of Security Operations
Historical Example
General Considerations for Security Operations
Screen
Guard
Cover
Area Security
Local Security
Combat Outposts

Chapter 13 RECONNAISSANCE OPERATIONS
Reconnaissance Objective
Reconnaissance Fundamentals
Historical Example
Characteristics of Reconnaissance Assets
Forms of Reconnaissance
Planning a Reconnaissance
Executing a Reconnaissance
Recuperation and Reconstitution of Reconnaissance Assets

Chapter 14 TROOP MOVEMENT
Methods of Troop Movement
Administrative Movement
Tactical Road March
Approach March
Movement Techniques
Planning a Troop Movement
Preparing a Troop Movement
Executing a Troop Movement
Movement Control

Chapter 15 RELIEF IN PLACE
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning a Relief in Place
Preparing a Relief in Place
Executing a Relief in Place

Chapter 16 PASSAGE OF LINES
Organization of Forces
Control Measures
Planning a Passage of Lines
Forward Passage of Lines
Rearward Passage of Lines

Appendix A ARMY BRANCHES AND TACTICAL ECHELONS
Combat Arms
Combat Support
Combat Service Support
Tactical Echelons

Appendix B TACTICAL MISSION TASKS
Actions by Friendly Force
Effects on Enemy Force

Appendix C AIRBORNE AND AIR ASSAULT OPERATIONS
Common Factors
Airborne Operations
Air Assault Operations

Appendix D ENCIRCLEMENT OPERATIONS
Offensive Encirclement Operations
Defending Encircled
Breakout from an Encirclement
Exfiltration
Attacking Deeper into Enemy Territory
Linkup

Appendix E REAR AREA AND BASE SECURITY
Command Responsibilities
Control Exercised by US Area Commanders
Base and Base Cluster Defense
Route Security
Convoy Security

SOURCE NOTES
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
AUTHENTICATION
 

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