Airborne Operations

 

Publication Title:                   Airborne Operations
Publication/revision date:    18 DEC 1990
Field Manual:                        FM 90-26
   Supersedes:                      none
Distribution Restriction:       Approved for public release, distribution unlimited (public domain manuals)

Contents:
Table of Contents
Preface
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION
1-1. Preparation for War
1-2. The Soldier
1-3. The Leader
1-4. The Unit
1-5. Unit Training Program
1-6. Capabilities of Airborne Forces
1-7. Missions of Airborne Forces
1-8. Fundamentals of Airborne Operations
1-9. Characteristics of Airborne Operations
1-10. Limitations of Airborne Forces
1-11. Phases of Airborne Operations
1-12. Battlefield Operating Systems and Airborne Operations

CHAPTER 2 - AIRBORNE PLANNING
Section I - FUNDAMENTALS
2-1. Planning Responsibilities
2-2. Key Personnel Responsibilities
Section II - PREPARATION OF PLANS AND ORDERS
2-3. Commander's Estimate of the Situation
2-4. Reverse Planning Process
2-5. Planning Considerations

CHAPTER 3 - GROUND TACTICAL PLAN
Section I - PLANNING
3-1. Estimate of the Situation
3-2. Development of the Ground Tactical Plan
3-3. Selection of Assault Objectives and Airhead Line
3-4. Reconnaissance and Security Forces
3-5. Boundaries and Task Organization
3-6. Designation of Reserve
Section II - EXECUTION
3-7. Conduct of the Assault
3-8. Development of the Airhead
3-9. Buildup of Combat Power

CHAPTER 4 - LANDING PLAN
Section I - PLANNING
4-1. Requirements
4-2. Considerations
4-3. Sequence of Delivery
4-4. Method of Delivery
4-5. Place of Delivery
4-6. Time of Delivery
Section II - ASSEMBLY AND REORGANIZATION
4-7. Cross Loading
4-8. Assembly Techniques
4-9. Assembly Aids
4-10. Assembly Plan
4-11. Unit Assembly
4-12. Multiple-Lateral Impact Points
4-13. Keys to Rapid Assembly
4-14. Activities in Assembly Areas
4-15. Departure from the Assembly Area
4-16. Reports
4-17. Security Measures
4-18. Reorganization
4-19. Briefbacks

CHAPTER 5 - AIR MOVEMENT PLAN
5-1. Joint Planning
5-2. Elements
5-3. Types of Movement
5-4. Aircraft Requirements
5-5. Load Planning Considerations
5-6. Load Planning Sequence
5-7. Load Planning of Vehicles
5-8. Air Movement Planning Worksheet
5-9. Basic Planning Guide Form
5-10. Unit Aircraft Utilization Plan
5-11. Aircraft Loading Tables
5-12. Development of Aircraft Loads
5-13. Air Movement Table
5-14. Manifests
5-15. Automated Airload Planning System

CHAPTER 6 - MARSHALING
Section I - THE MARSHALING PLAN
6-1. Preparation Before Marshaling
6-2. Movement to the Marshaling Area
6-3. Passive Defense Measures
6-4. Dispersal Procedures
6-5. Selection of Departure Airfields
6-6. Selection and Operation of Marshaling Camps
6-7. Facility Requirements
6-8. Staff and Support Agency Responsibilities
Section II - OUTLOAD
6-9. Outload Plan
6-10. Outload Procedures

CHAPTER 7 - TACTICAL OPERATIONS
Section I - GROUND TACTICAL OPERATION
7-1. Raids
7-2. Recovery Operations
7-3. Withdrawal/Evacuation of Units
7-4. Linkup
7-5. Exfiltration
7-6. Survival Operation
7-7. Breakout from Encirclement
7-8. Relief
Section II - AIRFIELD SEIZURE
7-9. Requirements
7-10. Sequence of Operations
7-11. Security Force Operations
7-12. Noncombatant Evacuation Operations
Section III - SUPPORTING OPERATIONS
7-13. Remote Marshaling Base
7-14. Intermediate Staging Base
7-15. Forward Operating Base

CHAPTER 8 - COMBAT SUPPORT
Section I - COMMAND AND SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS
8-1. Elements
8-2. Decentralization
Section II - FIRE SUPPORT
8-3. Unique Aspects
8-4. Missions
8-5. Principles
8-6. Planning
8-7. Artillery Employment
Section III - NAVAL GUNFIRE
8-8. Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
8-9. ANGLICO Organization
8-10. Tactical Missions
8-11. Coordination and Control Measures
Section IV - AIR FORCE SUPPORT
8-12. Types of Missions
8-13. Organization of Tactical Air Support
8-14. Planning Tactical Air Support
8-15. Command and Control
8-16. Air Traffic Control
Section V - ARMY AVIATION OPERATIONS
8-17. Helicopter Tactical Missions
8-18. Deployment
Section VI - AIR DEFENSE
8-19. Air Defense Artillery Elements
8-20. Early Warning
Section VII - ENGINEER SUPPORT
8-21. Engineer Employment
8-22. Tactical Missions
Section VIII - FORWARD AVIATION COMBAT ENGINEERING
8-23. Capabilities
8-24. Responsibilities
8-25. Planning
8-26. Site Selection
8-27. Expedient Surfacing
8-28. Repair of Captured Facilities
8-29. Engineer Packages
Section IX - INTELLIGENCE AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE SUPPORT
8-30. Interrogation Support
8-31. Counterintelligence Support
8-32. Electronic Warfare/Signal Intelligence Assets
8-33. Remote Sensors
8-34. Ground Surveillance Radars
8-35. Employment
Section X - SIGNAL SUPPORT
8-36. Joint Airborne Communications Center/Command Post
8-37. Aircraft Communications
8-38. Radar Beacons
Section XI - MILITARY POLICE SUPPORT
8-39. Military Police (Airborne) Structure
8-40. Military Police Operations
Section XII - NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL PLANNING
8-41. Command and Staff Responsibilities
8-42. Chemical Staff
8-43. Unit Protective Measures
8-44. Defense Against Chemical Attack
8-45. Mission-Oriented Protection Posture
8-46. Decontamination

CHAPTER 9 - COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT
Section I - LOGISTICAL PLANS AND PREPARATIONS
9-1. Logistical Structure
9-2. Logistical Planning Responsibilities
9-3. Logistical Planning Considerations
9-4. Phases of Supply
9-5. Classes of Supply
9-6. Distribution of Supply
9-7. Resupply by Air
9-8. Maintenance
9-9. Transportation
9-10. Field Services
Section II - PERSONNEL PLANS AND PREPARATION
9-11. Personnel Strength Accounting
9-12. Personnel Replacement Operations
9-13. Casualty Reporting
9-14. Health Service Support
9-15. Prisoners of War and Captured Materiel
9-16. Other Personnel Service Support
9-17. Civil Affairs

CHAPTER 10 - COMMUNICATIONS
10-1. Fundamentals for Using Signal Facilities
10-2. Considerations
10-3. Communication Plans
10-4. Army Nets
10-5. Techniques
10-6. Airspace Control
10-7. Electronic Warfare Planning
APPENDIX A - JOINT AIRBORNE ADVANCE PARTY
APPENDIX B - DROP ZONE SUPPORT TEAMS
APPENDIX C - AIRLIFT PLANNING FACTORS
APPENDIX D - AIRBORNE ELEMENTS OF THE TACTICAL AIR CONTROL SYSTEM
APPENDIX E - BRIEFINGS, INSPECTIONS, AND REHEARSALS
APPENDIX F - INTELLIGENCE PREPARATION OF THE BATTLEFIELD
APPENDIX G - N-HOUR DEPLOYMENT SEQUENCE
Glossary
References
Authentication Letter
 

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