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Threat, OPFOR, Regional & Cultural

Threat, OPFOR, Regional & Cultural

  • CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

  • TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (w/Change 1)

  • OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army

  • Cultural Guide SMARTbook 1 – Afghanistan

  • The Stability, Peace & Counterinsurgency SMARTbook (PREVIOUS EDITION)

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OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army

OPFOR SMARTbook 3 – Red Team Army See a Sample
ISBN-13 :978-1-935886-57-0
ISBN-10 :1935886576
Release Date :Oct 1st, 2014
Cover Type:Gloss U.V. Coating
Binding Type:Perfect Bind
Print Inside Pages:Four Color
Trim Size:5.5'' x 8.5''
Total Pages:232

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Red Team Army: Forces, Operations & Tactics

In today’s complicated and uncertain world, it is impossible to predict the exact nature of future conflict that might involve U.S. forces. This is the nature of the contemporary operational environment (COE), and training for such an environment requires a different type of Opposing Force (OPFOR) than that of the past.

When the Army established its OPFOR program in 1976 with Army Regulation 350-2, it defined an OPFOR simply as “an organized force created by and from U.S. Army units to portray a unit of a potential adversary armed force.” Thus, all OPFORs were originally threat-based, in the sense that they replicated the forces, capabilities, and doctrine of a particular country officially recognized as a threat or potential adversary. In the midst of the Cold War, the 1976 regulation identified only one potential adversary against which to train: the Soviet Union. Over time, the Army developed other OPFORs.

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 unclassified information on Soviet ground forces and the Soviet model of combined arms warfare. Used together, the series provided a thorough reference on the Soviet Army. Initiatlly, these publications were distritubution-restricted publications limited to US Government agencies. The series is now out-of-print and largely unavailable.

It has been nearly thirty years since a holistic explanation of the Soviet-based Opposing Force (OPFOR) was examined in the U.S. Army Field Manual 100-2 series. Recognizing this, OPFOR SMARTbook 3: Red Team Army re-examines and outlines the doctrinal operational construct and historical foundations of Soviet-era military forces from the FM 100-2 series. Second, OPFOR SMARTbook 3 reorganizes that foundational material and aligns it in keeping with contemporary military doctrinal taxonomy to include ADRP 3-0 Unified Land Operations and ADRP 3-90 Offense and Defense (Tactics). Third, OPFOR SMARTbook 3 translates and bridges the strategic- and operational-level doctrine into tactical application at the small-unit level. Through this triangulation, a more modern rendition of Red Team Armies emerges.

Topics and chapters include Red Team Army Overview (Military Doctrine, Operational Concept, Personnel & Training, Force Structure, Motorized Rifle Regiment), Offensive Operations (Front & Army Operations, Division and Lower Tactics, Small Unit Tactics), Defensive Operations (Prepared Defense, Hasty Defense, Withdrawal & Relief, Small Unit Tactics), Specialized Warfare (Airborne, Heliborne, Amphibious, Unconventional Warfare), Tactical Enabling Tasks (Reconnaissance, River Crossings, Troop Movement, Relief in Place, Passage of Lines, Checkpoints), Small Unit Drills (Movement & Formations, Dismounted and Mounted Patrols), Urban & Regional Environments (Urban, Mountain, Desert, Cold Wx, and Nighttime Operations), and Rear Area Operations & Logistics.

CTS1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat SMARTbook

BSS5: The Battle Staff SMARTbook, 5th Ed.

SUTS2: The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (w/Change 1)

TAA2: The Military Engagement, Security Cooperation & Stability SMARTbook, 2nd Ed. (w/Change 1)

AODS6: The Army Operations & Doctrine SMARTbook, 6th Ed.