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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The rotational unit's rifle squads--which were fortunate enough to be dismounted during the time of the attack--looked upward from what they previously thought was key terrain on the John Wayne Foothills.
Central Idea and Components of the Solution Central idea: The Army integrates lethal and nonlethal obstacles into joint combined arms operations to-- --Deny enemy/others freedom of movement/maneuver and use of key terrain.
The battalion conducted convoy security (focusing on logistical convoys, including contracted sustainment convoys and humanitarian assistance convoys for the Iraqi people), secured key terrain, and provided security along the route.
The areas that we look at transitioning are the key terrain districts we've been focusing on in terms of development for the governance, being able to provide those essential services to the people, developing the infrastructure in order to be self-sustaining and the ability to continue on with the developmental projects in the area," Poppas said.
When all the battles were over the Allies were in control of five key terrain features.
Of the three, smooth plains are a key terrain type," she said.
They display features of both neo-Gramscian (civil society as a key terrain of strategic action to construct an alternate social and world order) and neo-Tocquevillean (participation in associations produces social capital that is vital to a healthy democracy) frameworks.
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.
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.
Plus, a helicopter can use pieces of key terrain that in the past had not been accessible.
Ridgway's plan, dubbed Operation Ripper, featured I, IX and X Corps attacking concurrently across a 50-mile front to seize key terrain and destroy enemy forces, materiel and supplies.
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.