The Deep Area: Misconceptions and Challenges

By LTC David M. SpangenbergMarch 30, 2022

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Recent Warfighter Exercises (WFXs) have demonstrated that divisions often struggle to plan and execute deep operations. This negatively impacts the brigades in close contact with enemy forces. The purpose of this article is to aid units with deep operations. To do this, it first discusses division planners’ varying conceptions of the deep area and the consequences for each. It next reviews doctrine concerning deep operations, highlighting potential areas that may either help or contribute to these issues. Finally, it offers recommended approaches and additional considerations to help units overcome the deep area challenges.

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