Satellite Patrolling

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Satellite Patrolling

Post by Ryan » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:00 pm

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Re: Satellite Patrolling

Post by DTas » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:28 pm

I quite like what this guy is talking about, but I have a few points to make.

Point 1: the enclosed environment vs the open environment.
The traditional squad/platoon level tactics were mostly based on the open environments with small adaptation to fit the closed environment world, those adaptations included: closing down the spacing between soldiers and the increased usage of danger area crossing drill.
Those traditional tactics were based on the fact that a squad could wonder some 300 meters away from its platoon while still being in its observation and security circle.
The enclosed environment we face today narrowed those security circles down to the 50 meter level.
A full platoon would not fit such closed environments effectively, and therefore we use a smaller moving element while having the main force in reserve.

The guy in the video described the tactical column, it has its place, but in such a mission, in such an environment, the small squad element would be torn to pieces by the smallest ambush/IED attack.
Those situations are now forcing our squad leaders to start dividing up their squad into fire teams ir order to achieve greater security, those actions of splitting your force useally were reserved only for the platoon level.

Therefore, we need to start training up our fire team leaders to be more independent, to understand where the next fire team is, to set a lane of fire correctly, to communicate better with the squad leader.
The squad leader, in his turn will start acting like a platoon leader, controlling his fire teams, posting security, deploying a front/flank/ rear guard, and to think more tactically in general.
All of this will make the platoon leader more of a company commander, controlling his support assets and the entire mission/battle plan.

The conclusion is this: working in closed environments requires every leader to step up a level, unfortunately, the training required to get to this point is rarely received which useally makes platoon leaders take command of squad missions.
In order to operate effectively in a CQB environment, a leader must teach his subordinates the principles he was taught, the knowledge exists, just train, train and train.

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