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FIRE SUPPORT
LESSONS LEARNED

NEWSLETTER NO. 90-5


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Section I. Use Top-Down Fire Planning with Bottom-Up Refinement

Section II. The FSCOORD Must Convert the Brigade Commander's Intent to Commander's Criteria for TACFIRE

Section III. The Field Artillery S-2 Contributes to Target Selection Standards

Section IV. Break Down Planning into Subtasks

Section V. A Fire Support Execution Matrix is a Useful Tool for Briefing and Executing the Fire Plan

Section VI. The FSCOORD and FSO Must Explain Field Artillery Combat Power in Terms the Maneuver Commander Understands

Section VII. The FSCOORD and FSO Must Manage the Length of Target Lists Submitted for Formal Fire Planning

Section VIII. Establish and Enforce a Cutoff Time for Submitting Routine Changes to the Target List

Section IX. Never Pass Up an Opportunity to Rehearse

Section X. The FSCOORD/FSO Should Be Where He Can Contribute Most to the Success of the Operation

Section XI. The Field Artillery Battalion Should Contribute to the Brigade Intelligence Effort

Section XII. Management of Firefinder Radar When Attached to a Field Artillery Battalion

Section XIII. Survey Must Be Planned and Closely Supervised if the Field Artillery is to Establish Control of a Common Grid

Section XIV. The FSO and Forward Observers Must Verify the Locations of Obstacles and Plan Fires on or Around Them

Section XV. Position Forward Observers Where They Can See That Portion of the Battlefield for Which They are Responsible

Section XVI. FSOs Must Be Aggressive

Section XVII. Forward Observers and FSOs Must Know Maneuver Boundaries and Other Control Measures

Section XVIII. Close Air Support and Army Aviation Require Well-Designed Control Measures

Section XIX. Know and Report the Location of the Maneuver Force

Section XX. Copperhead and FASCAM Must Be Planned Carefully and Used Against High Payoff Targets

Section XXI. Use Artillery and Mortar Illumination to Facilitate Direct Fire Weapons at Night

Section XXII. The Maneuver Commander and the FSO Must Employ the Mortar Platoon Effectively

Section XXIII. The Direct Support (DS) Field Artillery Battalion Commander Must Develop and Wargame the Operations Order with the Brigade Staff

The Secretary of the Army has determined that the publication of this periodical is necessary in the transaction of the public business as required by law of the Department. Use of funds for printing this publication has been approved by Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, 1985, IAW AR 25-30.

Unless otherwise stated, whenever the masculine or feminine gender is used, both are intended.


This document was prepared by Jacquetta Dunmeyer, CALL, Ft. Leavenworth, KS.



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