1-4 TYPES OF COMBAT.
The OPFOR recognizes two types of combat: offensive and defensive. Traditionally, offensive combat is the only type that can ultimately bring victory. It is, therefore, the most decisive type of combat.
a. Offense. The goal of offense is the BLUFOR's total defeat and the capture of important objectives. This goal is achieved by destroying BLUFOR NBC and precision strike systems (including support elements), chemical attack weapons, artillery, and maneuver formations by the use of long-range missiles, aircraft, and artillery fire. This enables the swift advance of tank and mechanized infantry (or infantry) units and formations in coordination with aviation and airborne assault forces. These formations defeat the BLUFOR by assaulting his flank and rear, by encirclement, and by splitting his forces and defeating them in detail. See Chapter 5 for detailed information on the offense.
b. Defense. The defense is a battle with the objective of repelling an attack by BLUFOR, inflicting considerable losses, and holding important terrain, allowing the buildup of forces in other sectors and creating favorable conditions for launching an attack. This objective is achieved by the fire of all available weapon systems; by a wide maneuver of fire; forces, and assets; and by stubborn holding of occupied positions, lines, and objectives in combination with conduct of counterattacks. See Chapter 6 for detailed information on the defense.