Critical Point

1. A key terrain feature or position important to the successful conduct of an operation. (AFPM 3-8-1) 1. a. A key geographical point or position important to the success of an operation. b. In a point of time, a crisis or a turning point in an operation. c. A selected point along a line of March used for the reference in giving instructions. d. A point where there as a change of direction or change in slope in a ridge or stream. (PAM 8-03)

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