Area Defense

1. A type of defense operation in which primary reliance is placed on the use of maneuver elements and fires forward in a sector to retain specific terrain. The commander's intent in this type of defense is to fight the decisive defensive battle forward of the battle area. (AFPM 3-8-1) 2. A form of defense that focuses on denying the enemy access to designated terrain for specified time, rather than on the outright destruction of the enemy. A commander may conduct an area defense by using mutually supporting positions in depth. (PAM 8-03)

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