Re-Post: Principles of Tactical Defense – Part II: All Around Defense

Originally posted 25 Apr 13.

In PTD, Part 1”> we briefly touched on the principle of ‘Vital Ground’ and what its characteristics are.  To review, “…ground vital to the defense of your position includes any position from which your enemy can overlook, bring fire to bear, or mount an attack from upon the area which you are occupying or defending.”

This time we’ll briefly touch on a well-tried method to achieve all around security through mutual support, defense in-depth and interlocking fields of fire with two buddy teams (or a fire team if you prefer). DTG calls it the, “Reinforced Triangle.”

As seen in the illustration below, these two teams merge into one with one person acting as a team leader (TL) who occupies the center position and oversees the defense should things get hot. Distances between the positions are situation and environmentally dependent, but the principles apply in 99.9% of all scenarios.

Key points: Each position has a fall back if necessary, each has interlocking fields of fire, each has defense in-depth, each has mutual support (any attacker should, in principle, and again situation and environment depending) be able to be brought under fire by one to two friendly positions, and each has primary and secondary fields of fire. The TL, due to his/her position, may seem to be overwhelmed with cover responsibilities, but remember that this is the ‘in depth’ position, and as such, the TL can prioritize fields of fire with the current situation. More importantly, for a small team, this is a ‘hide’ or ‘patrol base’ formation. If the position were to be occupied for any length of time, ‘progressive development’ methodology would be initiation (but that’s a subject for a different post!).

It’s simple and adaptable.

Try it. What methods do you favor?


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