By knowing what the enemy can do and comparing it with what it is doing, we can
predict what it will do next. As the enemy force is visualized moving along a
particular MC, critical areas become apparent. These areas are significant because
within them the analyst expects to see certain activities or events that have
tactical significance. It is within these areas that target will appear. These
areas are designated NAI.
An named area of interest (NAI) is a point or area along any MC where
enemy activity or lack of activity will confirm or deny a particular enemy
course of action.
* Attention is focused on areas where the enemy must appear if it has selected
a particular MC.
* Militarily significant events can be framed by time and location within NAI.
* Events in one NAI can be compared to events occurring in NAI of other MCs as
the basis for determining enemy intentions.
* Information thresholds can be assigned to each NAI, which alerts the analyst
that an expected action is confirmed or not confirmed within the time limit
* Events within NAI can be analyzed for indicators against which intelligence
and target acquisition resources can be directed.
NAI are a basis for
The event template depicts the NAI along each MC and the relationship of events
along the MC. It provides a means for analyzing the sequence of activities and
events that should occur for each enemy course of action and how they relate to one
another. The event template is developed by wargaming each potential enemy course
of action from the point where friendly or enemy activity begins to the final
objectives. Figure 5-5 shows an example of a ground operation event template.