Accession Number:



Lethal and Non-Lethal Fires: Historical Case Studies of Converging Cross Domain Fires in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Monograph]

Corporate Author:

Army University Press

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



According to Army doctrine, the word Fires describes the use of weapon systems to create a specific lethal or nonlethal effect on a target.2 Similarly, the Fires Warfighting function, which evolved from the Fire Support Battlefield Operating System less than a decade ago, specifically deals with the related tasks and systems that collectively provide coordinated use of Army indirect fires, air and missile defense AMD, and joint fires through the targeting process. Army fires systems are tasked to deliver fires in support of offensive and defensive operations to create specific lethal and non-lethal effects. To accomplish this, the fires warfighting function must accomplish three critical tasks 1 deliver fires 2 integrate all forms of Army, joint, and multinational fires and 3 conduct targeting.3 Furthermore, fires assists operational forces in seizing, retaining, and exploiting the initiative . . . and enhancing freedom of action and the movement and maneuver of ground forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]