Offense

1. A combat operation designed primarily to destroy the enemy. Offensive operations may be undertaken to secure key or decisive terrain, to deprive the enemy of resources or decisive terrain, to deceive and/or divert the enemy, to develop intelligence, and to hold the enemy in position. Offensive operations include deliberate attack, hasty attack, movement to contact, exploitation, pursuit, and other limited-objective operations. The offensive is undertaken to seize, retain. and exploit the initiative, and, as such, is a principle of war. (AFPM 3-8-1, PAM 3-071,S-2008, PAM 8-03) 2. Attacking forces retaining initiative to attack. (PAM 3-0601-02)


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