Definition/Scope: (FM 3-0) To disrupt the enemy's command and control system, degrading the ability to conduct operations while leading to a rapid collapse of enemy's capabilities or will to fight. It exploits the effects of dislocation and destruction to shatter the enemy's coherence. Disintegration normally follows the loss of capabilities that enemy commanders use to develop and maintain situational understanding, coupled with destruction and dislocation. Simultaneous operations produce the strongest disintegrative effects. Disintegration is difficult to achieve; however, prolonged isolation, destruction, and dislocation can produce it.
Broader Terms:Defeat Mechanism