Rear Operations: Protecting the Points of Decision,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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In June 1985 the Army published FM 90-14 -- U.S. Doctrine on Rear Operations. This monograph examines the core principle of U.S. doctrine for rear battle, economy of force. It explores military theory under pinning attacks on an enemys rear and then reviews the Soviet doctrine for deep attack. It concludes that the U.S. doctrine is incorrect in basic assumptions about the purpose for rear attacks, and consequently provides a tactical framework and battlefield organization inadequate to counter the Soviet deep attack. It supports the need for economy of force in the rear, but modified to address the urgency of protecting points of strategic and operational significance.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics