Implications of Tactical Intelligence

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Tactical Intelligence Implications Tactics is the term that describes the methods and ideas used to achieve a particular objective in either combat, mission or Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The rudimentary use of tactics are basically the same all over the world, however, military tactics, as acknowledged within MCDP 1, Warfighting, are the art and science of winning engagements and battles (MCDP 1-3 1997, 3). In war, tactics are the application of combat power to defeat the enemy in engagements and battles. Combat power is the total destructive force we can bring to bear against the enemy; it is a unique product of a variety of physical, moral, and mental factors. Tactics results in the actions and counteractions between opposing forces. It includes the use of maneuvers, supported by the application and coordination of fires, to gain advantage in order to defeat the enemy (MCDP 1-3 1997, 3). The significance of tactics is directly alluded to in the following quotation from General A.M. Gray. "In tactics, the most important thing is not whether you go left or right, but why you go left or right"(MCDP 1-3 1997, 1). Many U.S. military tactics hinge on the thoughtful application of a number of tactical concepts to achieve success on the battlefield. Some of the key concepts are achieving a decision (MCDP 1-3 1997, 15), gaining advantage, being faster, and adapting to the situation and environment at hand. These concepts are closely related to the notion of tactical
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