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Extending the Battlefield

Extending the Battlefield

General Donn A. Starry, US Army

The combined capabilities of acquisition, targeting and weapons systems available to the commander today are astounding. The author contends that these systems, supplemented by new ones being fielded, allow the commander to "see" far beyond the front line of troops onto an "extended" battlefield, a battlefield upon which the full potential of our weapons must be exploited if victory is to be attained. While the idea of the extended battlefield is not new, the author argues that the extended attack must be an integral part of every Army combat unit's capability.

Published: Military Review March 1981

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Extending the Battlefield

Extending the Battlefield 1997 Reprint

General Donn A. Starry, US Army

The Extended Battlefield concept primarily deals with war in areas of the world where there are large numbers of relatively modern, well-equipped forces who use Soviet-style operational concepts and tactics. Quite naturally, therefore, the threat against which the concept is designed is typified by the Warsaw Pact in Central Europe, the larger aggregations of mechanized forces in the Middle East or the threat from the north in Korea.

Published: Military Review January-February 1997

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