Accession Number : ADA293631

Title :   Movement to Contact: Losing the Fight from the Start.

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Coxwell, Charles W., Jr

PDF Url : ADA293631

Report Date : 17 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This monograph evaluates the soundness of U.S. movement to contact doctrine towards the offensive meeting battle. The author distinguishes two forms of meeting battle: offensive and defensive. The offensive meeting battle is a continuous struggle for the initiative. The author finds that in an offensive meeting battle, U.S. movement to contact doctrine concedes the initiative. U.S. movement to contact doctrine is passive, indecisive, and reactionary. doctrine loses the fight from the start. The doctrine is evaluated against the offense guidance presented in FM 100-5 to determine its level of congruency with capstone doctrine. Soviet doctrine is introduced to support the position presented in FM 100-5. The Soviets championed the offensive meeting battle. They preferred it to all other forms of combat.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ARMY OPERATIONS, USSR, NATO, MILITARY STRATEGY, BATTLES, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE