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Title: Types of Operations

Action: A graphic showing the four types of operations is shown. As the operations are mentioned in the narration, the following pop-up boxes are shown on screen.

Offensive
destroy, defeat and impose US will on the enemy to achieve decisive victory
Defensive
defeat an enemy attack, buy time, economize forces, or develop conditions favorable for offensive operations. Normally not decisive.
Stability
promote and protect US national interests through a combination of peacetime developmental, cooperative activities and coercive actions in response to crisis.
Support
employ Army forces to assist civil authorities, foreign or domestic, as they prepare for or respond to crisis and relieve suffering.

Voice: The Army achieves full spectrum dominance by balancing 4 types of operations: offensive, defensive, stability, and support. The relative mix of operations varies across the spectrum of conflict. For instance, offensive operations dominate during war but might not occur at all during peace operations. You probably understand offensive and defensive operations. During periods of peacetime military engagement and other operations other than war, two other types of operations dominate and may be decisive. Stability operations promote and protect U.S. national interests through a combination of peacetime developmental, cooperative activities and coercive actions in response to crises. Support operations employ Army forces to assist civil authorities, foreign or domestic, as they prepare for or respond to crisis and relieve suffering. You can review the pop-up information by rolling your cursor over it in the diagram.

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