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Protection Warfighting Function

Definition/Scope: (ADP 6-0) The protection warfighting function is the related tasks and systems that preserve the force so the commander can apply maximum combat power to accomplish the mission. Preserving the force includes protecting personnel (friendly combatants and noncombatants) and physical assets of the United States, host-nation, and multinational military and civilian partners. (FM 3-0) The related tasks and systems that preserve the force so the commander can apply maximum combat power. The protection warfighting function facilitates the commander?s ability to maintain the force?s integrity and combat power. Protection determines the degree to which potential threats can disrupt operations and counters or mitigates those threats it also includes health protection. Preserving the force includes protecting personnel (combatants and noncombatants), physical assets, and information of the United States and multinational military and civilian partners. The protection warfighting function facilitates the commander?s ability to maintain the force?s integrity and combat power. Protection determines the degree to which potential threats can disrupt operations and counters or mitigates those threats. Emphasis on protection increases during preparation and continues throughout execution. Protection is a continuing activity; it integrates all protection capabilities to safeguard bases, secure routes, and protect forces. The protection warfighting function includes the following tasks: air and missile defense; personnel recovery; information protection; fratricide avoidance; operational area security; antiterrorism; survivability; force health protection; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear operations; safety; operations security; explosive ordnance disposal. The protection warfighting function includes force health protection. Force health protection includes all measures to promote, improve, or conserve the mental and physical well-being of Soldiers. These measures enable a healthy and fit force, prevent injury and illness, and protect the force from health hazards. The measures include the prevention aspects of a number of Army Medical Department functions, including the following: preventive medicine, veterinary services, combat and operational stress control; dental services (preventive dentistry); laboratory services (area medical laboratory support). FM 3-13 addresses information protection. NOTE: FM 3-0 has been superceded by ADP 3-0.



Use:

Protection WFF


Broader Terms:

Warfighting Function

Narrower Terms:

CBRN operations

Related Terms:

Fires Warfighting Function
Intelligence Warfighting Function
Mission command Warfighting Function
Movement and Maneuver Warfighting Function
Sustainment Warfighting Function


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