Chapter 6 - OPFOR Defensive Operations
6-4 ORGANIZATION OF THE DEFENSE.
a. Reconnaissance. Divisional, brigade, and battalion reconnaissance elements will be located in and forward of the security zone (if established) or forward of the main defensive area.
b. Combat Security Outposts. First-echelon brigades on main avenues often form combat security outposts, and each forward battalion can establish such an outpost. A combat security outpost for a battalion is normally a reinforced platoon. This platoon occupies a position 2 to 3 km forward of the main defenses. Figure 6-1 lists the conditions under which different types of security forces deploy.
* to delay, inflict losses on, and to deceive the BLUFOR about the true location of the main defenses.
* Form strongpoints forward of the main defenses. They take over the mission to delay the BLUFOR's main effort when the divisional forward detachment shifts to a secondary axis.
* Forces the BLUFOR to deploy in a position short of the main defensive belt, believing it actually is the main defensive belt.
Artillery units firing in support of the combat security outpost may have to occupy temporary firing positions farther forward than normal, even in front of the forward edge. The combat security outposts described above should not be confused with company or battalion-sized elements placed into forward positions by second-echelon brigades and/or divisions when required by the situation. These forces, too, have a mission similar to that of the forward detachments in the security zone.