key terrain


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key terrain

Any locality, or area, the seizure or retention of which affords a marked advantage to either combatant. See also vital ground.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Lightly armed and depending on stealth for protection they cannot "secure key terrain;" however, they provide vital "on-site" intelligence for main force units, overwatch movement, and provide security throughout the mission.
* Use patrols, observation points, and checkpoints; deny access to key terrain.
The Alps, Pyrenees, Vosges, Apennines, Balkans, Urals, and Carpathians all offer obstacles and key terrain for military operations.
This forum favors the threat because it isolates the key terrain. During operations in cities, streetlights at night affect observation, countering the advantage of night vision.
The CG further engaged with the local television station and scheduled daily broadcasts covering coalition projects in an attempt to "win the hearts and minds" of the local populace (the most critical key terrain).
Key terrain will vary based on the composition of the urban area and the nature of the threat.
The rolling hills created many areas of high ground (namely, Wayne's Hill on the east bank of Stones River, the high ground north of Murfreesboro between Nashville and Lebanon Pikes, the high ground west of the area where Salem Pike crossed the railroad, and the high ground near the Gresham farm) which became key terrain to both sides due to the sweeping fields of fire they afforded artillery batteries.
We have already developed pattern-analysis wheels, association matrices, and other tools in conjunction with SSC scenarios where people can be "key terrain." However, the information they provide may not be adequate to meet the challenge in the CTC environment.
S2 * Develop TerraBase shots of * Work with brigade S2 for NAI key terrain and objectives.
These two phenomena affect all components of OCOKA (observation and fields of fire, cover and concealment, obstacles and movement, key terrain, and avenues of approach).
The commander visualizes more than key terrain, decisive terrain, and "go" and "no go" terrain; he "sees and feels" the effects of the terrain on the ene my's ability and his own ability to disperse, mass, observe, deploy, shoot, and protect the force.
Choose key buildings for objectives the same way you would choose key terrain. Observation and fields of fire are critical.