Examples of TAI include:
* Key bridges.
* Road junction.
* Choke points.
* Drop and landing zones.
* Known fording sites.
TAI which are essential to the uninterrupted advance of the enemy may become HVTs.
Other areas may be designated as TAI because they provide good interdiction points
through which HVTs are expected to move. TAI are significant because:
* Identification of targets provide a method to allocate resources for the deep
Combat resources are limited by capability, quantity, and time
within which they can be used.
* Targets are subjects of events. If a target does not appear either through
sensing or analytical deduction, the event with which it is associated may
not take place. The massing of artillery to support an attack is an example
of an event which can be confirmed or denied based on target analysis.
* Combat power of an enemy force along a specific MC is determined by target
Enemy combat power must be reduced before it is engaged by
brigades or battalions in close operations.
TAI identification is a joining effort between the intelligence and operations
staffs. The intelligence staff evaluates enemy forces and the effect of
interdiction on their capabilities. The operations staff considers the
availability of interdiction resources, their effects on the accomplishment of
friendly missions, and the priorities for use of the resources.
After selection of TAI, decision points (DPs) are identified and posted to the
decision support template. Their location is influenced by the availability of
friendly fire and maneuver systems. Identification of a DP is primarily a G3/S3
DPs identify areas where tactical decisions must be made in order for the commander
to retain available options. Decisions must be made early enough to ensure they
can be implemented in time to achieve the desired effects.