Accession Number : ADA262565


Title :   Night Vision Technology and the Night Attack by Light Infantry


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : McNulty, Jim


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262565.pdf


Report Date : 30 Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 68


Abstract : This monograph discusses the role that night vision technology plays in the planning and execution of the night attack by light infantry units at battalion level and below. The tactical framework for the night attack and the night vision equipment that support it are examined from the perspective of the individual soldier, small units, and the enemy. The purpose is to determine the role that night vision equipment plays in the night attack. Three models are used to describe and analyze the relationships between the soldier, the small units, and the night vision devices that they employ. These models highlight the specific capabilities and limitations that are experienced by fight infantry forces as they attack at night. Two historical examples are used to illustrate the application of night vision technology in the night attack--the attack by 42 Commando at Mount Harriet, Falkland Islands, 1982, and an attack by a fight infantry battalion conducted at the National Training Center in 1992. Both examples highlight the unique aspects of the night attack in the era of night vision technology. As a result of the consideration of the tactics, technology, and the historical examples a conclusion is reached. It is, that although the tactical system is sound, the over emphasis and over reliance on night vision technology without a firm understanding of its specific capabilities and limitations constitutes the unconsidered application of a technological innovation. Recommendations are made to correct this trend.


Descriptors :   *INFANTRY , *ATTACK , *NIGHT VISION DEVICES , MODELS , TRAINING , ARMY PERSONNEL , LIGHT , LIMITATIONS , PLANNING , SOUND , MOUNTS , NIGHT , ENEMY , NIGHT VISION , ISLANDS , FALKLAND ISLANDS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Optical Detection and Detectors


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE