Infantry Drills

C-5: Indirect Fire Planning Process

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C-5. Fire planning begins with the concept of fires. This essential component of the concept of the operation complements the leader’s scheme of maneuver detailing the leader’s plan for direct and indirect preparatory and supporting fires. Fire planning requires a detailed knowledge of weapon characteristics and logistical capabilities of those providing the support. Although leaders may be augmented with personnel to assist in planning and controlling attached or supporting assets, the responsibility for planning and execution of fires lies with the leader. Leaders do not wait to receive the higher headquarters’ plan to begin their own fire planning, but, begins as soon as possible to integrate fires into concept of the operation and concept of the operation of the higher headquarters.

C-6. Additional assets are allocated in either a command or support relationship. An example of a command relationship would be an attachment of a section from the weapons company. The leader relies on the senior representative from the organization to provide expertise when planning. An example of a support relationship would be direct support from the artillery battalion or from an attack aviation company. When planning fires or CAS from a supporting unit, the leader normally receives someone from that organization to assist them. Attached fire support team and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers are examples. Developing the concept of fire should be fairly straight forward during deliberate operations because of the ability to conduct reconnaissance, planning, and preparation. However, during hasty operations the unit may have to rely on its internal SOPs and more hands on control by the leader.

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