With new countermobility development in various stages across the globe, there is an opportunity for a paradigm shift in how the Army fundamentally approaches countermobility operations. All domains of multidomain battle and nonexplosive techniques must be taken into account when considering munitions that will make up the core of future countermobility operations.
The 2017 NATO Military Engineering Information Exchange Seminar, held at the NATO Military Engineering Center of Excellence-Ingolstadt, Germany, focused heavily on countermobility operations. The seminar highlighted the countermobility deficit across the NATO alliance.
The engineer platoon is an asset that we can use for mobility and countermobility operations
in support of the rifle platoon's missions.
The most surprising aspect of the wildland firefighting mission was how similar it was to the mobility and countermobility operations
for which engineer Soldiers train in their collective tasks.
ATP 3-90.8, Combined Arms Countermobility Operations
, lists the following benefits of employing obstacles in depth: (6)
Field Manual 3-34.210, Explosive Hazards Operations, 27 March 2007, will soon be superseded by two new publications: Army Techniques Publication 3-90.8, Combined Arms Countermobility Operations
, and Army Techniques Publication 3-34.20, Explosive-Hazard Operations.
While it is still true that countermobility operations
use or enhance the effects of natural and man-made obstacles to deny the enemy freedom of movement and maneuver, today's Sapper must be prepared to adjust the countermobility paradigm.
Therefore, as we maneuver through the urban environment, engineers need to simultaneously conduct countermobility operations
to protect the flanks within a compressed area of operations.
But what that means is that the enemy has already conducted countermobility operations
, and now we must reactively task-organize to perform mobility operations for our maneuver forces.
Our force-modernization plan is sharply focused on enabling high mobility of the transformed Army and on emplacing dynamic obstacles for countermobility operations
. Geospatial engineering promises detailed terrain-feature information about roads, airfields, buildings, bridges, obstacles, subsurface infrastructure ( for example, storm sewers and utility conduits), and anything that has a symbol on the map.
My platoon was responsible for countermobility operations
in support of the OPFOR.
When we are defending, countermobility operations
allow us to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.