It involves movement supported by fire to gain an
It has a physical effect, the destruction of the
enemy. It has a moral effect that includes:
The effect created by maneuver is the first element of combat power.
Maneuver requires that battlefield actions relate to enemy actions.
purpose is to create conditions of local superiority.
It is achieved by
attacking enemy soft spots or gaps.
Maneuver warfare requires accurate and timely intelligence. It involves a
high degree of risk. It relies heavily upon surprise and deception. It is
aimed at disrupting the enemy's scheme of maneuver.
repeatedly striking the enemy from unexpected directions.
It focuses on
force disruption rather than force destruction. It protects friendly forces
by keeping the enemy off balance.
AirLand Battle doctrine balances maneuver and firepower.
inseparable on the battlefield. Their coordinated effort allows outnumbered
forces to be successful on the battlefield.
The maneuver plan is the main concern of the commander's concept.
Outlines the movements of the force.
Identifies objectives or areas to be retained.
Assigns responsibilities for zones, sectors, or areas.
Identifies options which may develop during an operation.
Firepower is the complement to maneuver.
They work hand-in-hand on the
Firepower provides the destruction to support maneuver.
Firepower acts to:
Suppress enemy fires.
Neutralize the enemy's tactical forces.
Destroy the enemy's ability to fight.
Firepower is used to destroy the enemy's men and materials. The effect of
firepower contributes to combat power.
The accuracy and effectiveness of
firepower is critical to combat success.
Protection is the shielding of the fighting potential of the
Protection assists the force to act at the decisive place and time.