IPB OF AIR DEFENSE, COUNTERAIR, AND AIR OPERATIONS
In this lesson you will learn how to prepare a modified IPB for airspace, the third
dimension of the battlefield.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Perform the modified five step IPB process for air operations; define
airspace AO and Al; establish NAI, TAI, and air operations DPs;
ascertain aviation line of sight (LOS) and line of communication (LOC),
concealment and cover, obstacles, key terrain, and avenues of approach;
perform weather analysis, and conduct threat evaluation and analysis.
You will be given narrative information and illustrations from FM 34-
You will conduct IPB for air defense, counterair, and air operations in
accordance with the provisions of FM 34-130.
The material contained within this lesson was derived from FM 34-130.
The modern battlefield must be considered in three dimensions: width, depth, and
emphasized in the IPB process. However, the growing enemy air, airborne, air
assault, and KGB special purpose team (SPETSNAZ) (not a US term) threat, together
with the increased friendly force reliance on air support and mobility, have
dictated that the battlefield be viewed in terms of a third dimension--airspace.
Historians have always viewed the air battlefield as the most difficult area to
analyze because of the transitory nature of airspace events. Before the rise of
aviation, battlefields had always been viewed in terms