lodgment area

lodgment area

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As depicted, the first phase of our joint campaign is the seizure of a lodgment area by the early-entry force.
The influence of such a brigade structure clears during movement beyond the perimeter of the lodgment area. Maneuver options on this perimeter increase at a rate of 3-to-1 for each step the brigade extends the perimeter.
The cavalry squadron within the ground-maneuver element provides the brigade the ability to conduct economy-of-forces missions during high-intensity operations beyond the lodgment area. It screens open flanks, provides route security, and sets the stage for the three maneuver battalions to engage the enemy on favorable terms.
This is driven by the fact that drainage patterns historically move from higher elevation inland to the coastal plain, creating potential gaps along any route of lateral expansion from the lodgment area. Fortunately, since the brigade is operating within the context of a JTF, naval units can support some of these gap-crossing requirements when such a capability is demanded in and around the littoral.
To take a lodgment area and make it safe for reinforcements while meeting the aggressive Army timetable, the enabling forces must be even faster.
Also, we need to pursue modernizing equipment for our sapper modules and for construction equipment in building and maintaining lines of communication (ports, airfields, and roads), logistic support areas, and lodgment areas.