Infantry Drills

2-4: Concentration

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2-4. Concentration is the massing of overwhelming effects of combat power to achieve a single purpose. Leaders balance the necessity for concentrating forces to mass effects against the need to disperse forces in order to avoid creating lucrative targets. Advances in ground, air mobility, target acquisition, and long-range precision fires enable attackers to concentrate effects. Mission command systems provide reliable, relevant information that assist commanders in determining when to concentrate forces to mass effects. The Infantry platoon and squad achieves concentration through—

  • Careful planning and coordination based on a thorough terrain and enemy analysis, plus accurate reconnaissance.
  • Designation of a main effort and allocation of resources to support it.
  • Continuous information flow.
  • Massing firepower using long-range precision fires and maneuver.

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