Upsetting the enemy's timetable and plan.
Prohibiting the enemy's conduct of continuous operations.
The deep battle has another side. This side reflects the enemy's actions to
strike friendly forces throughout the depth of the battlefield.
requires us to think of the battlefield extended in depth in two ways. We
must consider the area forward of the forward line of own troops (FLOT). We
must also consider the rear of the main battle area (MBA).
recognize the potential threat of airmobile/airborne insertions penetrating
into our rear area. Reserve and aviation assets are often tasked to react
to real area threats forward forces may have to be tasked to be prepared to
The deep battle is based on:
Thorough intelligence preparation of the battlefield.
Identifying high value targets.
Synchronization of organic and supporting attack.
Why Deep Battle?
Corps is the focal point for the conduct of the deep battle.
because of its intelligence collection and distribution activities. It is
also because the corps is the primary interface with the Air Force. Corps
has access to or has the assets to make the deep battle a reality.
corps objective is to create favorable conditions for tactical success by
the divisions and brigades.
Deep battle envisions the use of a wide variety of weapons systems and
They can range from nuclear weapons to ground maneuver forces to
accomplish the stated objectives.
Forms of Deep Attack
Deep attack can take several general forms. The first is attack by fire to
disrupt enemy forces in depth. The objective is to delay their arrival in
the battle area so that enemy forces in contact can be isolated and
defeated. The elements used in this form of deep attack may include:
Battlefield air interdiction.
The second form is to attack enemy forces in depth with fire to prevent them
from intervening in the close-in battle. We can then maneuver against the
flanks or rear of enemy forces in contact. The objective may be to prevent