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.
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domination of land, sea, and air through use of military, economic, and political power has guaranteed access to key terrain close to strategic objectives around the globe.
During Battle Period 4 of NTC 14-03, we found ourselves attacking into an enemy armored formation defending key terrain in vicinity of the Arrowhead and Alpha/Bravo Pass.
Simply identifying the main supply routes, key terrain, expected weather, and location of cities is imperative to examining and conducting sophisticated and complicated problems.
Cross-country mobility analysis to identify key terrain and sketch approach routes.
Ask soldiers who already have operated in the area you are going into, such as your battalion scouts, about obstacles and mines, avenues of approach and mobility corridors, cover and concealment possibilities, observation and fields of fire, and key terrain.
The colonial past of Arab North Africa appears as increasingly fresh and relevant to increasing numbers of scholars from outside of the traditional field of North African studies, a key terrain in which colonial culture can be apprehended.
Crime, criminal justice and their cultural representation are key terrain for these masculine contests and are always overlain with issues such as social class, age, race/ethnicity and sexuality.
Baiji remains important to the Iraqis and the coalition will fully support their efforts to gain control of this key terrain for the government of Iraq," he said.
The assault variant will offer a remote reconnaissance capability; will deploy sensors; employ direct-fire weapons against the enemy; locate or by-pass threats in buildings, bunkers, tunnels and other urban features; assess battle damage; act as a communications relay; support mounted and dismounted forces with direct fire and anti-tank (AT) weapons; and occupy key terrain and provide over-watching fires.
The mission of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was not to seize Caen, but to control key terrain along the road from Bayeux to Caen, consolidate, and stop the counterattack.
French engineering would play a pivotal role in the defense of Verdun, allowing the French Army to fight tooth and nail for key terrain (its forts) long enough to outlast the German attackers.
This made identifying, seizing, and controlling key terrain paramount to the overall success of the reconnaissance effort.