Key Points

  1. Deliberate and Hasty Operations
  2. Organization of Forces
  3. Control Measures for an Attack
  4. Order of Events
  5. Plan
  6. Prepare
  7. Execute
  8. Assess
  9. Special Purpose Attacks


2-255. An attack is a primary offensive task that destroys or defeats enemy forces, seizes and secures terrain, or both. When the Infantry leader decides to attack, or the opportunity to attack occurs during combat operations, the execution of an attack masses the effects of overwhelming combat power against selected portions of the enemy force with a tempo and intensity that cannot be matched by the enemy. The resulting combat should not be a contest between near equals. Attackers are determined to seek decisions on the ground of their choosing through the deliberate synchronization and employment of the combined arms team.