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FM 5-71-2

Armored Task-Force Engineer Combat Operations


Editor's Notes:
Requirements of Change 1, 4 September 1997, have been incorporated within the document. Changed or new material is indicated by an asterik(*).

CHANGE 1, 4 SEPTEMBER 1997

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

CHALLENGES IN ARMY OPERATIONS

ELEMENTS OF COMBAT POWER

IMPERATIVES OF MODERN COMBAT

Agility
Initiative
Depth
Synchronization
Versatility

BATTLEFIELD ORGANIZATION

TASK-FORCE ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS

TASK-FORCE COMMANDER

TASK-FORCE STAFF

TF Engineer
FSO
ADO
Air Liaison Officer/FAC

ENGINEER COMPANY ORGANIZATION

MISSION

ORGANIZATION

Engineer Platoon
A&O Platoon

CHAPTER 2

COMMAND AND CONTROL

COMMAND AND CONTROL RESPONSIBILITIES

COMMAND

CONTROL

COMMAND/SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS

Attached
Operational Control
Direct Support
General Support

UNIT COOPERATION

ENGINEER COMPANY ORGANIZATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ENGINEER TACTICAL PLANNING

PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING

FINALIZED ENGINEER PLAN

ORDERS

TROOP-LEADING PROCEDURES

Receive the Mission
Issue the Warning Order
Make a Tentative Plan
Initiate Movement
Reconnoiter
Complete the Order
Issue the Order
Supervise the Execution

TASK-FORCE INTEGRATION

COMMAND AND CONTROL OF OPERATIONS

SUCCESSION OF COMMAND

CHAPTER 3

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

OFFENSIVE CHARACTERISTICS

SURPRISE

CONCENTRATION

TEMPO

AUDACITY

SEQUENCE OF THE ATTACK

RECONNAISSANCE

MOVEMENT TO THE LINE OF DEPARTURE

MANEUVER

DEPLOYMENT

ATTACK

CONSOLIDATION AND REORGANIZATION

FORMS OF MANEUVER

ENVELOPMENT

INFILTRATION

PENETRATION

FRONTAL ATTACK

FORMS OF OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

MOVEMENT TO CONTACT

Movement
Task Organization

ATTACK

Hasty Attack
Deliberate Attack

EXPLOITATION

PURSUIT

ENGINEER OFFENSIVE PLANNING

ANALYZE THE MISSION

Terrain Analysis
Enemy Analysis
Friendly Analysis

ANALYZE RELATIVE COMBAT POWER

ANALYZE ENGINEER BATTALION/MANEUVER BRIGADE MISSION AND INTENT

SEEK THE COMMANDER'S GUIDANCE

DEVELOP THE COURSE OF ACTION

ANALYZE THE COURSE OF ACTION

DECIDE AND EXECUTE

TASK-FORCE SCENARIO

CHAPTER 4

DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS

DEFENSIVE CHARACTERISTICS

PREPARATION

SECURITY

DISRUPTION

MASS AND CONCENTRATION

FLEXIBILITY

DEFENSIVE PATTERNS

MOBILE DEFENSE

AREA DEFENSE

ENGINEER PLANNING FOR DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS

ANALYZE THE MISSION

DETERMINE FACTS ANDASSUMPTIONS

ANALYZE RELATIVE COMBAT POWER

ANALYZE THE ENGINEER BATTALION'S/BRIGADE'S MISSION AND THE COMMANDER'S INTENT

ISSUE COMMANDER'S GUIDANCE

COURSE-OF-ACTION DEVELOPMENT

DIRECT-/INDIRECT-FIRE ANALYSIS

OBSTACLE-INTENT INTEGRATION

OBSTACLE PRIORITY

FORTIFICATION PRIORITY

MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS

COURSE-OF-ACTION ANALYSIS

MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS

OBSTACLE DESIGN AND RESOURCING

DECISION AND EXECUTION

SCHEME-OF-OBSTACLE OVERLAY

OBSTACLE-EXECUTION MATRIX

SURVIVABILITY MATRIX AND TIME LINE

TASK-FORCE OBSTACLE SCENARIO

PLANNING BELOW TASK-FORCE LEVEL

COORDINATING WITH THE MANEUVER COMMANDER

SITING THE OBSTACLE

OBSTACLE TURNOVER AND TRANSFER

SURVIVABILITY PLANNING

CHAPTER 5

OTHER TACTICAL OPERATIONS

RETROGRADE OPERATIONS

TYPES OF RETROGRADE OPERATIONS

Delay
Withdrawal
Retirement

CONSIDERATIONS FOR RETROGRADE OPERATIONS

Leadership and Morale
Reconnaissance and Surveillance
Mobility
Deception

PASSAGE OF LINES

BREAKOUT OPERATIONS

LINKUP OPERATIONS

RIVER-CROSSING OPERATIONS

HEAVY/LIGHT FORCES OPERATIONS

SUPPORT TO A LIGHT INFANTRY COMPANY ATTACHED TO A TASK FORCE

Defense
Offense

LIGHT ENGINEER AUGMENTATION

ENGINEER COMPANY SUPPORTING A LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE OR TASK FORCE

MILITARY OPERATIONS IN URBANIZED TERRAIN

CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

ENGINEER SUPPORT TO CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Attacks and Raids
Combating Terrorism
Disaster Relief
Humanitarian Assistance
Nation Assistance
Support to Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
NEOs
Peace Operations
Demonstrations and Shows of Force
Support to Civil Authorities
Support to Counterdrug Operations
Countermine Operations
Force Protection

ENGINEER CONSIDERATIONS

ENGINEER ASSESSMENT

CHAPTER 6

COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT

COMMAND AND CONTROL

COMPANY TRAINS

SUPPLY FUNCTION

RESUPPLY OPERATIONS

COMBAT HEALTH SUPPORT

MAINTENANCE

CHAPTER 7

ENGINEERS IN CLOSE COMBAT

FIGHTING AS ENGINEERS

ENGINEER ORGANIZATION FOR COMBAT

ENGINEER COMBAT CAPABILITIES

FIGHTING AS INFANTRY

EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATIONS

REORGANIZATION CONSIDERATIONS

ORGANIC COMBAT POWER

UNIT CAPABILITIES

APPENDIX A

ENGINEER ESTIMATE

RECEIVE THE MISSION

CONDUCT AN INTELLIGENCE PREPARATION OF THE BATTLEFIELD/ENGINEER BATTLEFIELD ASSESSMENT

INTELLIGENCE PREPARATION OF THE BATTLEFIELD

Define The Battlefield Environment
Describe The Battlefield's Effects
Evaluate the Threat
Determine Threat Courses of Action

ENGINEER BATTLEFIELD ASSESSMENT

ANALYZE THE MISSION

SPECIFIED TASKS

IMPLIED TASKS

ASSETS AVAILABLE

LIMITATIONS

RISK

TIME ANALYSIS

ESSENTIAL TASKS

RESTATED MISSION

DEVELOP THE SCHEME OF ENGINEER OPERATIONS

ANALYZE RELATIVE COMBAT POWER

IDENTIFY ENGINEER MISSIONS AND ALLOCATE FORCES

DEVELOP A SCHEME OF ENGINEER OPERATIONS

BALANCE ASSETS AGAINST SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS

INTEGRATE INTO THE MANEUVER COURSE OF ACTION

WAR-GAME AND REFINE THE ENGINEER PLAN

RECOMMEND A COURSE OF ACTION

FINALIZE THE ENGINEER PLAN AND ISSUE ORDERS

*APPENDIX B. ORDERS AND ANNEXES

*TASK-FORCE OPERATIONS ORDER

*ENGINEER ANNEX

*ENGINEER UNIT ORDERS

*TASK-FORCE ENGINEER WARNING ORDER

*ENGINEER COMPANY OPERATIONS ORDER

*ENGINEER COMPANY FRAGMENTARY ORDER

APPENDIX C

PRECOMBAT INSPECTION CHECKLIST

PRECOMBAT CHECKS

PRECOMBAT INSPECTIONS

POSTCOMBAT CHECKS

POSTCOMBAT INSPECTIONS

APPENDIX D

ENGINEER COMPANY WORKING SEPARATE FROM ENGINEER BATTALION

PLANNING

PREPARATION

EXECUTION

APPENDIX E

BASIC FORMATIONS AND MOVEMENT TECNIQUES

MOUNTED MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES

WEDGE

COLUMN

LINE

ECHELON

V

DISMOUNTED MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES

WEDGE

COLUMN

LINE

V

FILE

TRAVELING

HAND-AND-ARM SIGNALS

APPENDIX F

ROUTE CLEARANCE

OVERVIEW

FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS

TASK-FORCE TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

RECOMMENDED TASK ORGANIZATION

OPERATIONAL PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS

INTELLIGENCE

MANEUVER

FIRE SUPPORT

MOBILITY/SURVIVABILITY

AIR-DEFENSE ARTILLERY

COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT

COMMAND AND CONTROL

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

REFERENCES

GLOSSARY

INDEX

REFERENCES

AUTHORIZATION





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