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This practice exercise will show you how much you have learned in this lesson. Answer each question. When you are done, check your answers.

GENERAL SITUATION: You are the assistant S3 (plans) of a brigade in an infantry division. You are planning operations as part of a field training exercise.

1. Your force is attacking along a road through a broad valley against an enemy inferior in numbers but with their position reinforced by natural terrain features. You recommend to the commander that he should mount an air assault operation against the enemy because this type of operation will allow your forces to

A.   attack the enemy using a frontal assault.
B.   bypass obstacles and strike the objective.
C.   conduct concentrated deep attacks and raids against the enemy.
2. Your brigade is conducting a withdrawal in order to establish a defensive position on more favorable terrain. The enemy opposing you has airborne forces attached and you are concerned about an airborne drop behind your unit to prevent your forces from establishing a defensive position on favorable terrain. You inform the S3 that it might be wise to conduct an air assault operation ahead of the withdrawal in order to -

A.   rapidly concentrate or redeploy forces to extend the area of influence.
B.   react rapidly to tactical considerations to conduct exploitation operations.
C.   rapidly secure and defend key terrain in an operational area.
3. As the S3 plans officer, planning an air assault operation, you are privy to intelligence reports which indicate that the opposing force may use (simulated) chemical agents. After discussing this problem with the NBC officer, you inform the S3 that the OPFOR's use of chemical agents could

A.   require the use of more aircraft so that the troops can be dispersed over a wider area.
B.   jeopardize the air assault operation due to the limited NBC protection offered by aircraft.
C.   delay the operation until an anti-NBC shroud can be fitted to the aircraft.
4. You are planning an air assault operation which will lift two companies to the flanks of a defending force. During the briefing by the brigade commander, he stressed to the company commanders that while the brigade was planning the air assault operation, the execution must be

A.   decentralized and aggressive.
B.   delegated to the battalion commander.
C.   controlled through radio communication.
5. You, as the plans officer, are briefing the commander on possible plans for an air assault operation against the opposing forces. The commander inquires about the feasibility of a night operation, to which you respond that night operations are possible but they

A.   require more aviation assets.
B.   achieve less surprise than daytime operations.
C.   require more planning and preparation time.
6. While planning the air assault operation, you closely coordinate with the S2 officer to see how he has analyzed the intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB). Particularly, through IPB, you want to evaluate the enemy's capabilities, probable courses of action, and

A.   evaluate organic weapons.
B.   evaluate vulnerabilities.
C.   evaluate order of battle.
7. You, as the S3 plans officer, are not only responsible for the planning of the air assault operation, but also become involved in the organization of the air assault task force itself. While in a mission briefing, you discuss with the S3 officer the most important factor in determining the AATF organization, which is

A.   determining the availability of aviation assets.
B.   evaluating the air assault qualifications of the soldiers.
C.   determining support requirements.
8. While writing the plans for the impending air assault operation, you, as the S3 plans officer, have received guidance from the commander that he wants the command and control element well forward and mobile, which means that you will be

A.   planning for a main command post.
B.   planning for a command and control outpost.
C.   planning for a tactical command post.
9. In planning the air assault operation, you must take into account various factors. One of the factors that you must analyze is the terrain, and this analysis is

A.   conducted strictly from a map recon.
B.   conducted using the acronym OCOKA.
C.   conducted by primarily evaluating key terrain features.
10. You, as the S3 plans officer, are planning a raid which incorporates an air assault operation. In addition to planning the raid and all of the other standard supporting plans, you must

A.   formulate a withdrawal plan.
B.   provide for strict control procedures.
C.   task organize the raiding forces.
11. Fire support is an essential part of the air assault plan on which you are working. You coordinate with the fire support officer in order to coordinate the priority of fires outlined by the commander. During a meeting with unit commanders, you explain to them that priority of fires by unit

A.   indicates that units will receive fire in the order fire is requested.
B.   indicates each unit will receive a portion of the artillery assets when required.
C.   indicates which unit will receive fire in the event several units request it at once.

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