Tactics is the art and science of employing all available means to win battles and engagements. Specifically, it comprises the actions taken by a commander to arrange units and activities in relation to each other and the enemy. Filled with diagrams of attack plans, defensive strategies, and troop movements, U.S. Army Tactics Field Manual is the playbook the U.S. Army uses to employ available means to win in combat. This book provides combat-tested concepts and ideas modified to exploit emerging Army and joint capabilities. This book focuses on the organization of forces, minimum essential control measures, and general planning, preparation, and execution considerations for each type and form of combat operation. It is the common reference for all students of the tactical art, both in the field and the Army school system.
The Art of Tactics * Common Tactical Concepts and Graphic Control Measures * The Basics of Offense * Movement to Contact * Attack * Exploitation * Pursuit * Basics of Defensive Operations * The Area of Defense * The Mobile Defense * The Retrograde * Security Operations * Reconnaissance Operations * Troop Movement * Relief in Place * Passage of Lines.
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command was created on July 1st, 1973, under General William E. DePuy, who commanded a battalion in the 90th Infantry Division in World War II and led the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. Under General DePuy, TRADOC fundamentally transformed the Army into the best trained, equipped, led, and organized modern land power in the world.