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The Operations Process

The Operations Process

The Army’s framework for exercising mission command is the operations process--the major mission command activities performed during operations: planning, preparing, executing, and continuously assessing the operation. Commanders, supported by their staffs, use the operations process to...

Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB)

Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB)

The Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) is a unique, multifunctional, mission command headquarters that is organized to perform support area operations for the echelon that it supports...

Military Deception

Military Deception Planning Steps

Military deception is both a process and a capability. As a process, military deception is a methodical, information-based strategy that systematically, deliberately, and cognitively targets individual decisionmakers.

Mission Command

Mission Command

Mission command is the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical Infrastructure Protection -- CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) is a concept that relates to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the critical infrastructure of a region or nation...

Russian Military Principles & Foundations

OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army, by TheLightningPress.com

To the Soviets, war was a manifestation of the class struggle. It was an expression of the conflict between the “progressive forces of socialism” and the “reactionary forces of imperialistic capitalism"...

Train, Advise and Assist

TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook, 2nd Ed.

The recent announcement of “Advisory Brigades” by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley focuses on the need for specialized units to train and advise foreign forces. Called train, advise and assist brigades, the units would deploy to different combatant command areas to help train allies and partners, similar to what units have been doing in Iraq and Afghanistan...

NEW! TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook, 2nd Ed.

https://thelightningpress.com/smartbooks/taa2-military-engagement-security-cooperation-stability-smartbook-2nd-ed/

TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook is the re-titled and re-focused second edition of The Stability, Peace & Counterinsurgency SMARTbook...

FM 100-2 Series – Opposing Forces and the Historical Soviet Threat Model

OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army

The Soviet threat was described in great detail in the 80s with the FM 100-2 series. The three-volume set was the definitive source of unclassifed information on Soviet ground forces and the Soviet model of combined arms warfare. The series is now out-of-print and largely unavailable...

Domestic Terrorism

Domestic Terrorism

Domestic terrorism involves groups or individuals who are based and operate entirely within the United States or its territories without foreign direction and whose acts are directed at elements of the U.S. Government or population.

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

The Combating Terrorism Center is an independent, privately funded, research and educational institution situated at West Point that contributes to the academic body of knowledge and informs counterterrorism policy and strategy.

Sustainment Warfighting Function

Sustainment Warfighting Function

The sustainment warfighting function is related tasks and systems that provide support and services to ensure freedom of action, extend operational reach, and prolong endurance (ADP 3-0).

Forms of Terrorism

CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

Forms of terrorism threats range from non-state transnational networks with global reach capability such as al-Qaida, terrorist cells affiliated with regional or international aims, or individual self-radicalized and unaffiliated terrorists with single issue agendas.

NEW! CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

Terrorism has evolved as a preferred tactic for ideological extremists around the world, directly or indirectly affecting millions of people. Terrorists use many forms of unlawful violence or threats of violence...

NEW! MEU2: The Marine Expeditionary Unit SMARTbook, 2nd Ed.

MEU2: The Marine Expeditionary Unit SMARTbook, 2nd Ed.

The Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) SMARTbook is designed to be a reference for MEU and PHIBRON Commanders, MEU and PHIBRON staffs and...

Army Values

Army Values - LDRSHIP

The list of Army Values are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, which comprise the acronym LDRSHIP.

Urban Operations

Urban Operations

Urban areas present the most complex environment for military operations. Commanders conducting major urban operations use their ability to visualize how doctrine and military capabilities are applied within the context of the urban environment.

Elements of a Combat Patrol

There are three essential elements for a combat patrol: security; support; and assault. The size of each element is based on the situation and the analysis of METT-TC.

Special Purpose Attacks

Special Purpose Attacks

Special purpose attacks are ambush, spoiling attack, counterattack, raid, feint, and demonstration. The commander’s intent and the factors of METT-TC determine which of these forms of attack are employed.

NEW! The Sustainment & Multifunctional Logistics SMARTbook, 4th Ed. (SMFLS4)

The sustainment warfighting function is related tasks and systems that provide support and services to ensure freedom of action, extend operational reach, and prolong endurance...

Unit Training Plans (UTP)

Unit Training Plan (UTP)

The unit training plan (UTP) uses a crawl-walk-run approach that progressively and systematically builds on successful task performance before progressing to more complex tasks.

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB)

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) is the systematic process of analyzing the mission variables of enemy, terrain, weather, and civil considerations in an area of interest to determine their effect on operations.

Adaptive Planning and Execution (APEX)

Joint operation planning occurs within Adaptive Planning and Execution (APEX), which is the department-level system of joint policies, processes, procedures, and reporting structures.

Raid

Raid

A raid is an operation to temporarily seize an area in order to secure information, confuse an adversary, capture personnel or equipment, or to destroy a capability culminating with a planned withdrawal.

Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)

Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, & Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)

Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) is support in response to a request for assistance from civil authorities for domestic emergencies...

Incident Command System Courses

Incident Command System Training

The Incident Command System (ICS) SMARTbook provides a detailed explanation of ICS as outlined in FEMA Emergency Management courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 703, and 800; including 2015 updates.

Ambush Categories

Ambushes are classified by category (deliberate or hasty), formation (linear or L-shaped), and type (point, area, or antiarmor). The leader determines the category of ambush through an analysis of the factors of METT-TC.

Incident Command System Training

Incident Command System Training

The Incident Command System (ICS) SMARTbook provides an outline of FEMA Emergency Management courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 703, and 800; including 2015 updates and provides a ready resource for reference and training.

About the Military Decisionmaking Process (MDMP)

Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)

The Military Decisionmaking Process (MDMP) consists of seven steps. Each step of the MDMP has various inputs, a method (step) to conduct, and outputs...

Joint Planning and Execution Community (JPEC)

The headquarters, commands, and agencies involved in joint operation planning or committed to a joint operation are collectively termed the Joint Planning and Execution Community (JPEC)...

Ambush

Near Ambush

An ambush is an attack by fire or other destructive means from concealed positions on a moving or temporarily halted enemy. It may take the form of an assault to close with and destroy the enemy, or be an attack by fire only.

Homeland Defense (HD)

Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, & Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)

Homeland Defense (HD) is the protection of US sovereignty, territory, domestic population, & critical infrastructure against external threats & aggression...

NEW! The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (SUTS2)

NEW! The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (SUTS2)

SUTS2: The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook translates and bridges operational-level doctrine into tactical application -- in the form of tactics, techniques and procedures...

Incident Command System (ICS)

Incident Command System Training

Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. The Incident Command System (ICS) helps ensure integration of our response efforts. ICS is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards approach to incident management.

Joint Strategic Planning System (JSPS)

Joint Strategic Planning System (JSPS)

Joint Strategic Planning System (JSPS) is the primary system by which the JCS and the CCDRs conduct deliberate planning and provides military advice to the President and SecDef...

Far Ambush

Near Ambush

The far ambush has only the purpose of injuring and/or delaying the target. This rarely ever calls for an assaulting force—since the patrol doesn’t seek the complete destruction of the enemy force there is no need to risk the loss of friendly troops. The far ambush simply intends to harass.

NEW! Disaster Response SMARTbook 2: Incident Command System (DRS2)

NEW! Disaster Response SMARTbook 2: Incident Command System (DRS2)

Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. The Incident Command System (ICS) helps ensure integration of our response efforts. ICS is a standardized, on-scene...

Joint Interagency Coordination Group (JIACG)

Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF)

A Joint Interagency Coordination Group (JIACG) is an interagency staff group that establishes regular, timely, and collaborative working relationships....

Battle Staff SMARTbook – NEW Fifth Edition (BSS5)!

BSS5: Battle Staff SMARTbook, 5th Ed.

Commanders, supported by their staffs, use the operations process to drive the conceptual and detailed planning necessary to understand, visualize, and describe their operational environment; make and articulate decisions; and direct, lead, and assess military operations...

Near Ambush

Near Ambush

The near ambush has the expressed purpose of destroying the target. This often requires an assaulting force to literally overrun the target after the initial volley of fire has inflicted tremendous damage.

Joint Operation Planning

Joint Operation Plan Activities

Joint operation planning consists of planning activities associated with joint military operations by combatant commanders (CCDRs) and...

NEW! The Joint Forces Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook, 4th Ed. (JFODS4)

Joint Forces Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook (JFODS4)

Achieving national strategic objectives requires effective unified action resulting in unity of effort -- to include interagency, intergovernmental, nongovernmental and multinational partners....

Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)

Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)

The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) consists of seven steps. Each step of the MDMP has various inputs, a method (step) to conduct, and outputs...

NEW! The Battle Staff SMARTbook, 5th Ed. (BSS5)

BSS5: Battle Staff SMARTbook, 5th Ed.

Commanders, supported by their staffs, use the operations process to drive the conceptual and detailed planning necessary to understand, visualize, and describe their operational environment; make and articulate decisions; and direct, lead, and assess military operations...

Homeland Security

Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, & Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)

Homeland Security (HS) is a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the US; reduce domestic vulnerability to terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies...

About the Warfighting Functions

Commanders use the warfighting functions to help them exercise command and...

Patrols & Patrolling

A patrol is sent out by a larger unit to conduct a specific combat, reconnaissance, or security mission. A patrol’s organization is temporary and specifically matched to the immediate task.

NEW! Cultural Guide SMARTbook 1: Afghanistan

Afghanistan SMARTbook (Cultural Guide SMARTbook 1 – Afghanistan)

Cultural awareness has become an increasingly important competency for leaders at all levels. Perceptive leaders learn how cultures affect operations...

Unit Training Management (UTM)

Unit Training Management (UTM)

Unit Training Management (UTM) provides the key how-to details of the US Army’s training processes that bridge the doctrine and the dynamic tools (ATN/CATS/DTMS/HQ DA Standardized METL) to make planning, preparing, executing and assessing unit training possible.

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace (IPB)

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace is the Marine Corps-specific version of IPB related to the Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP), with Marine Corps terminology and phrasing, whereas "Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield" is the U.S. Army version...

NEW! The Leader’s SMARTbook, 4th Ed. (TLS4)

TLS4: The Leader's SMARTbook

Announcing the new fourth revised edition of The Leader’s SMARTbook (TLS4), fully incorporating...

Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF)

Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF)

A Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) may be formed when the mission requires close integration of two or more USG agencies...

NEW! The Homeland Defense & DSCA SMARTbook (HDS1)

NEW! The Homeland Defense & DSCA SMARTbook (HDS1)

Homeland Defense is the protection of US sovereignty, territory, domestic population, critical infrastructure or other threats as directed by the President...

R2P2 – Rapid Response Planning Process

R2P2 - Rapid Response Planning Process

The Rapid Response Planning Process (R2P2) is an accelerated execution of MCPP geared to Crisis Action Planning. R2P2 allows the MEU/PHIBRON...

About the Elements of Combat Power

To execute operations, commanders conceptualize capabilities in terms of combat power...

NEW! Disaster Response SMARTbook 3: Disaster Preparedness (DRS3)

NEW! Disaster Response SMARTbook 3 – Disaster Preparedness (DRS3)

Surviving Disasters on Your Own Terms. Sometimes things go badly and all our hopes and plans fail us. Our illusions are shattered, our expectations are beyond anyone’s capacity to fulfill, and our demands go unanswered...

SMARTleaders at the University of Virginia ROTC!

ROTC Cadets at the University of Virginia with their SMARTleader book donations from The Lightning Press...

Patrol Organization

A patrol is organized to perform specific tasks. It must be prepared to secure itself, navigate accurately, identify and cross danger areas, and reconnoiter the patrol objective.

About the Tasks of Decisive Action

Tasks of Decisive Action

Army forces demonstrate the Army’s core competencies through decisive action—the continuous, simultaneous...

NEW! Joint/Interagency SMARTbook 1 – Joint Strategic & Operational Planning

NEW! Joint/Interagency SMARTbook 1 – Joint Strategic & Operational Planning

Planning for Planners has been utilized since 2007 by war colleges, joint staffs, Services, combatant commands and allies as a step-by-step guide to understanding the complex world of global planning and force management...

SMARTbook Binding Choice/Vote!

Thank you everyone for the votes and feedback on SMARTbook binding options! Based on your feedback, what we've come up with is...

Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP)

Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP)

The Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP) is a six-step process to understand the situation and mission, develop a COA, and produce an plan...

NEW! OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army

In today’s complicated and uncertain world, it is impossible to predict the exact nature of future conflict that might involve U.S. forces...

Understanding the Instruments of National Power

National power is defined as the sum of all resources available to a nation in the pursuit of national objectives. The phrase instruments of national power refers to the tools a country uses to influence other countries or international organizations or even non-state actors....

NEW! AODS5: The Army Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook, 5th Rev. Ed. (with Change 1)

AODS5: The Army Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook, 5th Rev. Ed. (2nd Printing)

Unified land operations describes how the Army seizes, retains, and exploits the initiative to gain and maintain a position of relative advantage in sustained land operations through simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability operations...