theater of operations


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theater of operations

A subarea within a theater of war defined by the geographic combatant commander required to conduct or support specific combat operations. Different theaters of operations within the same theater of war will normally be geographically separate and focused on different enemy forces. Theaters of operations are usually of significant size, allowing for operations over extended periods of time. Also called TO. See also theater of war.
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Noun1.theater of operations - a region in which active military operations are in progress; "the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
theater of war, theatre of war - the entire land, sea, and air area that may become or is directly involved in war operations
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
combat area, combat zone - a military area where combat forces operate
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In this theater of operations, the 160 Portuguese soldiers, men and women, are called to protect and save local communities at risk, Catholics or Muslims, without discrimination, giving an example of national dialogue and reconciliation," he said.
Generally, a military theater of operations has three sustainment brigades to provide sustainment support on an area basis.
The oft-quoted Prussian philosopher of war, Carl von Clausewitz, helped to establish the relationship between the levels of war when he noted that "the concepts characteristic of time--war, campaign, and battle--are parallel to those of space--country, theater of operations, and positions.
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5) In April 1944, the North Africa Theater of Operations DTC was moved to Oran, Algeria; by January 1945, it had followed the Fifth U.
As for me, it wasn't until 1944 that I got an overseas assignment in the China-Burma-India theater of operations.
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For example, intelligence support, including battle damage assessment, can be provided from outside the theater of operations.

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