Blinding the Enemy: Soviet Tactical Reconnaissance in the Rear Area
Monograph rept. AY1989/1990
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines Soviet tactical reconnaissance doctrine, organizations, and capability. The Soviet capability is analyzed using their own criteria for the conduct of tactical reconnaissance operations purposefulness, aggressiveness, continuity, timeliness, and reliability. Soviet and Warsaw Pact Army documents in translation are used extensively. A recent Combined Arms Center study concluded that the U.S. Armys counterreconnaissance doctrine, force structure, and training are deficient. Beginning with this assertion, the monograph briefly explores the historical and current relationship between effective tactical reconnaissance and success on the battlefield. Then a detailed analysis of the Soviet reconnaissance capability determines that, despite difficulties in executing their doctrine, the Soviets possess a significant capability for seeing through the depth of the modern battlefield.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics