Field Artillery Battalion

 

Publication Title:                   Field Artillery Battalion
Publication/revision date:    22 MAR 2001
Field Manual:                        FM 3-09.21
   Supersedes:                      FM 6-20.1, 25 NOV 1990
Distribution Restriction:       Approved for public release, distribution unlimited (public domain manuals)

Contents:
Table of Contents
PREFACE
Chapter 1 TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Section I —Tasks and FA Organization for Combat
Tasks
FA Organization for Combat
Section II — Responsibilities of Key Personnel
Command Section
Battalion Operations Section
Battalion Intelligence Section
Battalion Fire Direction Center
Battalion Ammunition Officer
Fire Support Elements
Liaison Officer
Radar Section Leader

Chapter 2 COMMAND POST OPERATIONS
Section I — The FA Battalion Command Post
CP Composition
Section II — TOC Organization
TOC Organization
TOC Battle Staff Organization
Section III — TOC Configurations
Towed Cannon Battalion TOC Layout (Example)
SP Cannon Battalion TOC Layout (Example)
MLRS Battalion TOC Layout (Example)
TOC Equipment
Section IV — TOC Information Management
Management of Tactical Information
Information Management Tools
Section V — CP Positioning and Movement
CP Positioning Considerations
Jump TOC Considerations
CP Movement Techniques
Section VI — Liaison Operations
Liaison Organization
Responsibilities
Example LNO Checklist
Example Outline of a LNO's Handbook/TSOP

Chapter 3 COMMAND and CONTROL
Section I — General Communications Information
Communications Responsibilities
Battalion S6 Section Responsibilities
Planning Considerations
Section II — Command and Control Systems
Army Battle Command Systems
FA Tactical Data Systems
Automation Considerations
Section III — Radio Communications Systems
Combat Net Radios
FA Battalion Radio Nets
Direct Support Mission
Reinforcing Mission
General Support Reinforcing Mission
General Support Mission

Chapter 4 THE FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION PLANNING PROCESS
Section I — The Military Decision-Making Process
Receive The Mission / Mission Analysis
COA Development
Courses of Action Analysis (Wargame)
COA Comparison
COA Approval
FSP / FASP Production
Summary
Section II — FA Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield
Steps In FA IPB Process
Section III — FA Battalion Rehearsals
Rehearsal Principles
Rehearsal Types
Rehearsal Techniques
Scripting the Rehearsal
Conducting A Rehearsal
Scheduling Rehearsals
FA Battalion Rehearsals

Chapter 5 DELIVER FIRES
Section I — Fire Mission Processing
Fire Mission Requests
Tactical Fire Direction
Technical Fire Direction
Massed Fires
Continuity of Operations
Section II — FA Fire Missions
Improved Conventional Munitions (ICM)
Illumination
Smoke/White Phosphorous (WP)
SCATMINE
Copperhead
Danger Close
Section III — Counterfire
Responsibilities
Counterfire Considerations
Radar Management
Wargaming
Rehearsing Counterfire
Counterfire Drill
Theater Missile Defense
Section IV — Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
Considerations
Section V — Meteorology
Joint/Combined Met Considerations
Basic Met Guidance

Chapter 6 MOVEMENT AND POSITIONING CONSIDERATIONS
Section I — Terrain Management
Position Coordination
Movement Coordination
Section II — Positioning
Position Area Selection Considerations
Types of Position Areas
Occupation of Built-Up Areas
Reconnaissance
Section III — Movement
Movement Techniques
Movement Considerations
Displacement Techniques
Movement Control Measures
Movement Planning
Section IV — Survey
Survey Planning Factors
Section V — Deployment
Deployment Readiness
Deployment

Chapter 7 COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT
Section I — Organization and Functions
Section Responsibilities
FA Battalion CSS
FA Battalion Trains
Section II — Planning
CSS Planning Process
Planning for Changing Missions
Special CSS Planning Considerations
Section III — Logistical Support
Supply
Maintenance
Field Services
Section IV — Personnel and Health Services Support
Personnel and Administrative Services
Chaplain Activities
Health Services Support
Prisoners of War
Section V — Reconstitution
Reorganization
Regeneration
Weapon System Replacement Operations

Chapter 8 FA OPERATIONS
Section I — Common FA Considerations
Deploy/Conduct Maneuver
Develop Intelligence
Employ Fires
Perform Logistics and CSS
Exercise C2
Protect the Force
Section II — FA Support of Offensive Operations
Basic FA Tasks in the Offense
Forms of Maneuver
Movement to Contact/Search and Attack
Attacks
Exploitation
Pursuit
Reserves
Section III — FA Support of Defensive Operations
Organization of the Defensive Battlefield
Basic FA Tasks in the Defense
Mobile Defense
Area Defense
Retrograde Operations
Additional FA Considerations for Defensive Operations
Section IV — FA Support of Other Tactical Operations
Amphibious Operations
Air Assault Operations
Airborne Operations
Military Operations in Urban Terrain
Encircled Forces
Passage of Lines
Relief in Place
River Crossing Operations
Security Operations
Rear Area Operations
Linkup Operations
Breaching Operations
Artillery Raid Operations
Section V — FA Support of Stability Operations and Support Operations
Stability Operations
FA Support of Stability Operations
Support Operations
FA Support of Support Operations
Section VI — Climate and Terrain Considerations
Night Operations
Cold Weather Operations
Desert Operations
Jungle Operations
Mountain Operations

Appendix A FIELD ARTILLERY SUPPORT PLAN
Section I — Field Artillery Support Plan Format
FASP Outline
Survey Tab to the FASP
Automation Tab to the FASP
Target Acquisition Tab to the FASP
Artillery Intelligence Tab to the FASP
Administrative-Logistics Tab to the FASP
FA Support Matrix Tab to the FASP
Section II — Example Field Artillery Support Plan
FASP — Body (Example)
Example Field Artillery Support Matrix (Tab)
Example Positioning Overlay (Tab)
Example Target Acquisition Tab
Example Radar Deployment Order (Enclosure to Tab)
Example Capabilities Overlay (Enclosure to Tab)
Example Survey Plan

Appendix B MANUAL TARGETING AND FIRE PLANNING
Section I — Manual Target Data Processing
Recording Target Information
Recording Targeting Information (Graphics)
Battle Damage Assessment
Purging Targets
Section II — Manual Scheduling of Fires
Planning Fires
MLRS Fire Planning

Appendix C ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
Section I — Army Environmental Awareness
General Policy Statements
Section II — FA Battalion Environmental Considerations
Field Activities
Munitions
Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste
Maintenance
Supply
Spill Response
Section III — Regulatory Requirements
Laws and Regulations
Regulatory Training Requirements
Environmental Compliance Officer Responsibilities
Section IV — Environmental Risk Management
Environmental Risk Management
The Five-Step Process

GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
AUTHENTICATION 

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