Basics of the Defense

Key Points

  1. Characteristics of the Defense
  2. Defensive Tasks
  3. Order of Events
  4. Common Defensive Control Measures
  5. Sequence of the Defense
  6. Priority of Work
  7. Coordination
  8. Security
  9. Remount Point



3-1. The Infantry platoon and squad uses the defense to occupy and prepare positions and mass the effects of direct fires on likely avenues of approach or mobility corridors. While the offense is the most decisive type of combat operation, the defense is the stronger type. The following paragraphs discuss the basics of the defense.

Note. Mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available and civil considerations (METT-TC) determine the characteristics, placement, movement and maneuver of defensive positions.