Definition/Scope: (ADP 3-0) The fires warfighting function is the related task and systems that provide collective and coordinated use of Army indirect fires, air and missile defense, and joint fires through the targeting process.(FM 3-0) An element of the warfighting function. The related tasks and systems that provide collective and coordinated Army indirect fires, joint fires, and command and control warfare, including nonlethal fires, through the targeting process. It includes tasks associated with integrating and synchronizing the effects of these types of fires and command and control warfare - including nonlethal fires - with the effects of other warfighting functions. These are integrated into the concept of operations during planning and adjusted based on the targeting guidance. Fires normally contribute to the overall effect of maneuver but commanders may use them separately for the decisive operation and shaping operations. The fires warfighting function includes the following tasks: decide surface targets; detect and locate surface targets; provide fire support; assess effectiveness; integrate command and control warfare, including nonlethal fires. NOTE: FM 3-0 has been superceded by ADP 3-0.
Used For:Fires Warfighting Function
Broader Terms:shaping operation
Narrower Terms:AN/TPQ-36 (Firefinder)
Related Terms:41st Fires Brigade