Defensive Operations

1. a. Operations conducted with the immediate purpose of causing enemy attack to fail. Defensive operations also may achieve one or more of the following; gain time; concentrate forces elsewhere; wear down enemy forces as a prelude to offensive operations; and retain tactical, strategic, or polilical objectives. b. Defensive Operations- Can retain ground, deny the enemy access to an area, and damage or destroy attacking forces. (AFPM 3-8-1, 3-071(S-2008), PAM 3-04) 2. Are combat operations conducted to defeat an enemy attack, gain time, economize forces, and develop conditions favorable for offensive or support to civil governance operations. (PAM 3-00)

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