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FM 3-90

Field Manual
No. 3-90
Headquarters
Department of the Army
Washington, DC , 4 July 2001

 

FM 3-90

TACTICS

 

Table of Contents

  FIGURES
  TABLES
  PREFACE
 

PART ONE

TACTICAL FUNDAMENTALS

Chapter 1 THE ART OF TACTICS
  The Tactical Level of War
  The Science and Art of Tactics
  Historical Example
  Hasty Versus Deliberate Operations
  Solving Tactical Problems
 
Chapter 2 COMMON TACTICAL CONCEPTS AND GRAPHIC CONTROL MEASURES
  Doctrinal Hierarchy
  The Operational Framework
  Principles of War
  Tenets of Army Operations
  The Factors of METT-TC
  Elements of Operational Design
  Battlefield Operating Systems
  Basic Tactical Concepts
  Basic Tactical Graphic Control Measures
 

PART TWO

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

Chapter 3 THE BASICS OF THE OFFENSE
  Characteristics of Offensive Operations
  Historical Example
  Types of Offensive Operations
  Common Offensive Control Measures
  Forms of Maneuver
  Common Offensive Planning Considerations
  Transition
 
Chapter 4 MOVEMENT TO CONTACT
  Historical Example
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning a Movement to Contact
  Executing a Movement to Contact
  Search and Attack
 
Chapter 5 ATTACK
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning an Attack
  Preparing an Attack
  Executing an Attack
  Special Purpose Attacks
 
Chapter 6 EXPLOITATION
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning an Exploitation
  Executing an Exploitation
 
Chapter 7 PURSUIT
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning a Pursuit
  Executing a Pursuit
 

PART THREE

DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS

Chapter 8 BASICS OF DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS
  Historical Example
  Types of Defensive Operations
  Common Defensive Control Measures
  Common Defensive Planning Considerations
  Common Defensive Scenarios
  Transition
 
Chapter 9 THE AREA DEFENSE
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning an Area Defense
  Preparing an Area Defense
  Executing an Area Defense
 
Chapter 10 THE MOBILE DEFENSE
  Historical Example
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning a Mobile Defense
  Preparing a Mobile Defense
  Execution of a Mobile Defense
 
Chapter 11 THE RETROGRADE
  Historical Example
  Delay
  Withdrawal
  Retirement
  Combat Service Support
  Unique Retrograde Situations
 

PART FOUR

TACTICAL ENABLING OPERATIONS

Chapter 12 SECURITY OPERATIONS
  Fundamentals of Security Operations
  Historical Example
  General Considerations for Security Operations
  Screen
  Guard
  Cover
  Area Security
  Local Security
  Combat Outposts
 
Chapter 13 RECONNAISSANCE OPERATIONS
  Reconnaissance Objective
  Reconnaissance Fundamentals
  Historical Example
  Characteristics of Reconnaissance Assets
  Forms of Reconnaissance
  Planning a Reconnaissance
  Executing a Reconnaissance
  Recuperation and Reconstitution of Reconnaissance Assets
 
Chapter 14 TROOP MOVEMENT
  Methods of Troop Movement
  Administrative Movement
  Tactical Road March
  Approach March
  Movement Techniques
  Planning a Troop Movement
  Preparing a Troop Movement
  Executing a Troop Movement
  Movement Control
 
Chapter 15 RELIEF IN PLACE
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning a Relief in Place
  Preparing a Relief in Place
  Executing a Relief in Place
 
Chapter 16 PASSAGE OF LINES
  Organization of Forces
  Control Measures
  Planning a Passage of Lines
  Forward Passage of Lines
  Rearward Passage of Lines
 
Appendix A ARMY BRANCHES AND TACTICAL ECHELONS
  Combat Arms
  Combat Support
  Combat Service Support
  Tactical Echelons
 
Appendix B TACTICAL MISSION TASKS
  Actions by Friendly Force
  Effects on Enemy Force
 
Appendix C AIRBORNE AND AIR ASSAULT OPERATIONS
  Common Factors
  Airborne Operations
  Air Assault Operations
 
Appendix D ENCIRCLEMENT OPERATIONS
  Offensive Encirclement Operations
  Defending Encircled
  Breakout from an Encirclement
  Exfiltration
  Attacking Deeper into Enemy Territory
  Linkup
 
Appendix E REAR AREA AND BASE SECURITY
  Command Responsibilities
  Control Exercised by US Area Commanders
  Base and Base Cluster Defense
  Route Security
  Convoy Security
 
  SOURCE NOTES
  GLOSSARY
  BIBLIOGRAPHY
  AUTHENTICATION



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