BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE COMMANDER (DEFENSE)
SUBCOURSE NO. IN0479
01 Febuary 1990
US Army Infantry School
Fort Benning, Georgia
Five Credit Hours
The purpose of this subcourse is to identify the defensive operations of the mechanized infantry platoon equipped with the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle. The student will learn the defensive tactics and techniques employed by the Bradley platoon while preparing for and conducting defensive operations.
TASK: The subcourse is designed to present the necessary information to prepare and conduct defensive operation with a BFV platoon.
Conditions: Given the subcourse material, a combat (training) scenario, and extracts, as applicable, the student will complete the examination at the end of this subcourse.
Standards: The student will successfully answer 75 percent of the questions on a multiple-choice based examination for subcourse IN0479 by planning a defense by an M2 BFV, conducting a defense by an M2 BFV, supervising preparation of an M2 BFV Position for a defense, planning for support for a defense, employing an M2 Bradley Platoon on a Battle Position, conducting a defense by an M2 Bradley Platoon during MOUT, organizing a platoon for night defense, conducting a disengagement by a platoon while under enemy pressure, supervise employment of smoke, planning a withdrawal not under enemy pressure, and employing the BFV in an Air Defense role.
This objective supports soldier's manual tasks:
|071-430-0015||Plan a defense by an M2 BFV.|
|011-430-0017||Conduct a Defense by an M2 BFV Platoon.|
|071-430-0012||Supervise Preparation of an M2 BFV Position for a Defense.|
|071-284-3003||Plan for Support for a defense.|
|071-326-5908||Employ an M2 Bradley Platoon on a Battle Position.|
|071-440-0019||Conduct a Defense by an M2 Bradley Platoon During MOUT.|
|071-326-5515||Organize a Platoon for Night Defense.|
|071-326-5832||Conduct a Disengagement by a Platoon While Under Enemy Pressure.|
|071-450-0037||Supervise Employment of Smoke.|
|071-326-5833||Plan a Withdrawal Not Under Enemy Pressure.|
|NSMT||Employ the BFV in an Air Defense Role.|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
In this subcourse, the focus will be on how the Bradley is used in the defense. To understand this, you must first have an overall view of the Bradley, and be aware that it is not merely a new type of armored personnel carrier. It is a fighting vehicle in its own right. With its use, many of the abilities of infantry are increased. Mobility and speed are greater. A great deal of firepower is added. Armor gives more protection for troops. Yet, the Bradley platoon keeps the role of fighting on foot.
In any tactical use of the Bradley, there is one key point to weigh. Each BFV platoon is really two elements. The BFV crew is one element. They are trained to fight the Bradley, using its weapons systems. The second element is the rifle team. On dismount, the rifle team becomes a separate force. This key point changes many things in control and command.
At the moment of dismount, there are two forces. They cannot be controlled by one man. Each needs leaders. The Bradley must dismount leaders with the rifle team. From this, we can see that Bradley leaders must be versatile. When the needs of battle demand it, any Bradley leader must be able to do the job of any other. This gives the depth of leadership needed to fulfill missions.
Each Bradley leader should know defensive operations. The purpose of these is, to repel an enemy and destroy the attacker. Defensive operations are also used to hold key terrain, gain time, or wear down the threat. It completes tasks assigned by the commander of that larger force.