Infantry Drills

Section II – Fire Control Process

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B-10. To bring direct fires against an enemy force, leaders must continuously apply the steps of the fire control process. At the heart of this process are two critical actions: rapid, accurate target acquisition and massing of fire to achieve decisive effects on the target. Target acquisition is the detection, identification, and location of a target in sufficient detail to permit the employment of weapons. Massing entails focusing fires at critical points and distributing the fires for optimum effect.

B-11. The following discussion examines target acquisition and massing of fires using these basic steps of the fire control process:

  • Identify probable enemy locations and determine the enemy scheme of maneuver.
  • Determine where and how to mass fires.
  • Orient forces to speed target acquisition.
  • Shift fires to refocus or redistribute.

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