What role does the obstacle play in contemporary conflicts? First of all, it is necessary to distinguish between "active" (minefields) and "passive" (Friesian horses, giant's teeth, entrenchments, felled, etc.). Another essential element to increase the impediment value of an obstacle is its integration with the surrounding physical environment (inland waters, valleys, plains…). In practice, it is necessary to know the characteristics of the terrain relating to the specific "Area of Operation" and to evaluate the real potential of the adversary in overcoming the different types of obstacles.
Once you understand the counterparty's vulnerabilities and identify the peculiar characteristics of the operating environment, you are able to carry out a good countermobility plan.
Another salient feature that determines the effectiveness of obstacles is the time available and the availability of land... The more these elements are present, the more effective the counter maneuver is.
Specific examples of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine?
Which (national) capability gaps should be filled soon?
In the episode of Defense ON AIR of Wednesday 14 December, at 21.00, we will deepen the topic with the participation of:
- Gen. Mario Ruggiero, director of the Army Studies Center;
- dr. Lorenzo DiBella, speaker and expert on combat engineering;
- dr. Anthony D'Agostino, expert of combat engineering.
See you there!
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