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zone reconnaissance

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-90) Zone reconnaissance is a form of reconnaissance that involves a directed effort to obtain detailed information on all routes, obstacles, terrain, and enemy forces within a zone defined by boundaries. Obstacles include both existing and reinforcing, as well as areas with NBC contamination. The commander assigns a zone reconnaissance mission when he needs additional information on a zone before committing other forces in the zone. It is appropriate when the enemy situation is vague, existing knowledge of the terrain is limited, or combat operations have altered the terrain. A zone reconnaissance may include several route or area reconnaissance missions assigned to subordinate units. (FM 7-15) Zone reconnaissance accomplishes its task or mission, such as finding, and reporting all enemy forces within the designation area, clearing all enemy forces in the designated AO within the capability of the unit conducting reconnaissance, etc. (FM 1-02) A form of reconnaissance that involves a directed effort to obtain detailed information on all routes, obstacles, terrain, and enemy forces within a zone defined by boundaries. [Note: the Marine Corps definition adds: “A zone reconnaissance normally is assigned when the enemy situation is vague or when information concerning cross-country trafficability is desired.”] OLD VERSION A directed effort to obtain detailed information concerning all routes, obstacles (to include chemical or radiological contamination), terrain, and enemy forces within a zone defined by boundaries. A zone reconnaissance is normally assigned when the enemy situation is vague or when information concerning cross-country trafficability is desired.



Broader Terms:

METT-TC
named area of interest
reconnaissance

Narrower Terms:

listening post
observation post
scout

Related Terms:

Area of Operations
area reconnaissance
intelligence
reconnaissance in force
route reconnaissance
zone reconnaissance


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