Infantry Drills

2-297: Disrupt the Enemy

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2-297. Disrupting one or more parts of the enemy weakens the entire force and allows the friendly leader to attack the remaining enemy force in an asymmetrical manner. The assessment and decisions regarding what to disrupt, when to disrupt, and to what end are critical.

2-298. Once all types of contact, even sensor contact is made with the enemy, the leader wants to use the element of surprise to conduct shaping operations striking at the enemy and disrupt both the enemy’s combined arms team and his ability to plan and control his forces. Once this disruption process begins, it continues throughout the attack.

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