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Parent topics

  • Fratricide (military) [r]: The killing of one's brother, but in a military context, the killing of one's own forces ("friendly fire"). [e]
  • Kinetic fires [r]: Effects of military systems that cause damage by physical forces such as impact, explosion or heat [e]
  • Nonkinetic fires [r]: In the newer military usage of "fires" as anything that interferes with the enemy, systems whose effects do not primarily involve physical damage, such as electronic warfare, concealing smoke, or attacks on computer network software [e]


General doctrine

  • Force multiplier [r]: Technology, operating doctrine, or combination of techniques that , "...when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment." Joint Chiefs of Staff [e]
  • Forward air controller [r]: An individual or team, knowledgeable in both ground and air warfare, who coordinates close air support for a ground unit to which they are responsible [e]
  • Forward observer [r]: An individual or team, specializing in artillery, who accompanies ground troops and directs indirect fire artillery in support of those ground troops [e]
  • Direct support [r]: "A [military] mission requiring a force to support another specific force and authorizing it to answer directly to the supported force’s request for assistance." (U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff) [e]
  • General support [r]: A relationship between military units, in which the supported unit does not have operational control of the supporting unit, but must have its requests either accepted by the supporting unit or approved by a common headquarters [e]

Enabling technologies

National and alliance approaches

Battles with extensive close support

  • Battle of Khe Sanh [r]: While there had been fighting at Khe Sanh as early as 1964, with U.S. forces arriving in 1966, the main Battle of Khe Sanh ran from January to April 1968, capturing attention before the start of the Tet offensive at the end of January [e]

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