Obstacle

1. Any natural or man-made obstruction that canalizes, delays, restricts, or diverts movement of a force. The effectiveness of an obstacle is enhanced considerably when covered by fire. Obstacles can include antitank ditches, blown bridges, built-up areas, minefields, rivers, road craters, terrain, and wire. Obstacles are classified as either existing or reinforcing. (AFPM 3-8-1, PAM 3-071, S-2008, PAM 3-04) 2. Physical characteristics of the terrain that may impede movement of the force. (PAM 3-0601-02)


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