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FM 3-09.30
Final Draft

CRC

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Observed Fire and Fire Support at Battalion Task Force and Below

FINAL DRAFT

31 May 2001

FM 3-09.30 (6-30) Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Observed Fire and Fire Support at Battalion Task Force and Below DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

ARMY

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

Preface
The purpose of this field manual (FM) is to provide a source for the most current essential information about fire support at the battalion task force and company team levels and discuss the technical, operational, and organizational aspects of observed fire procedures. The doctrinal foundations for this publication are found in FM 3-09 (6-20), Doctrine for Fire Support. Fire support tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for brigade, division, and corps operations are in FM 3-09.4 (6-20-40), Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Fire Support for Brigade Operations, FM 3-09.5 (6-20-30), Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Fire Support for Division Operations, and FM 3-09.6, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Fire Support for Corps Operations. The TTP for the targeting process are in FM 3-60 (6-20-10), Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Targeting Process. The target audience for this manual is battalion task force fire support personnel, company team fire support team (FIST) personnel, and other fire support observers to include combat observation lasing teams (COLTs), Strikers, and maneuver shooters. This publication implements the following international agreements (standardization agreements [STANAGs] and quadripartite standardization agreements [QSTAGs]): • STANAG 1034, Edition 8, Allied Spotting Procedures for Naval Gunfire Support. • STANAG 2934 A ARTY P-1 Artillery Procedures. • STANAG 3736, Edition 7, Offensive Air Support Operations. • QSTAG 224, Edition 3, Manual Fire Direction Equipment, Target Classification, and Methods of Engagement. The proponent of this publication is Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery School (USAFAS). Send comments and recommendations directly to: Commandant USAFAS ATTN: Warfighting Integration and Development Directorate (ATSF-D) Fort Sill, OK 73503-5600. Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men.

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Field Manual No. 3-09.30 (6-30) Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, D.C., [pending date]

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Observed Fire and Fire Support at Battalion Task Force and Below Contents
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PREFACE ...................................................................................................................vii Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SUPPORT ..................................................................... 1-1 Role of Fire Support .................................................................................................. 1-1 Fire Support Effectiveness ........................................................................................ 1-1 Tactical Missions ....................................................................................................... 1-6 Fire Support Planning and Coordination ...................................................................1-7 Targets ....................................................................................................................1-26 Target Acquisition Assets........................................................................................1-32 Chapter 2 BATTALION TASK FORCE FIRE SUPPORT ......................................................... 2-1 Fire Support Element Organization ........................................................................... 2-1 Fire Support Planning and the Military Decision Making Process ............................ 2-4 Battalion Task Force Fire Support Products...
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