PART B - EVENT TEMPLATE AND EVENT ANALYSIS MATRIX
Event templating provides a guide for the close and interdiction of the AirLand
battle by providing a method to determine the initial allocation of combat forces
and the use of combat power. Through event templating, we identify where the enemy
probably will make his thrust if attacking, or where he will concentrate forces if
defending. It also helps determine the optimum time and place to interdict the
enemy to achieve maximum delay, disruption, destruction, and exploitation of
identified weaknesses. Event templating facilitates following enemy forces to
determine their probable course of action in time to respond and cause the enemy to
change his plans. By comparing these activities with our own weather and terrain
analysis, we can place our strength against the enemy weakness by taking advantage
of where we can move, shoot, and communicate.
The event template guides the collection coordinator on where and when to look for
the enemy and what enemy units and activities to look for. They also give clues
concerning sensor mix.
Just as we analyze the effects of the battlefield environment on enemy
capabilities, we must also analyze the effects of our own operations. The tools
used for planning and executing combat support and CSS operations are the weather
and terrain data base, the event analysis matrix and the event template. Table 6
illustrates the functional areas IPB supports.