planned at the main CP. Its primary functions are to coordinate those activities not handled by the
tactical (TAC) CP. Staff elements also provide necessary reports and information to the TAC CP and to
corps. Intelligence is integrated and disseminated from the main CP. The main CP will normally
assume control of the division if the TAC CP is destroyed or disrupted.
The general location of the main CP is selected by the division commander and G3. The factors of
mission, enemy, terrain troops available, and time (METT-T) are considered. A major consideration in
choosing the location is communications; since one of the major functions of the CP is to provide
information, communications are critical. The site must be one that allows the signal battalion to
provide maximum support. At the same time, the main CP will be a major target; therefore, security is
also important. However, security considerations never outweigh mission requirements.
The main CP should be well dug in. A hardened site of any kind is ideal. Towns, villages, cities, and
factory complexes are all suitable. Where and how a command post sets up operations influences CP
security. The CP could be in the open, in a wooded area, or in an urban location. When a massed CP
is used, elements set up their operations fairly close to each other. The massed CP has a definite
perimeter. It usually requires a dismount point. A massed CP requires internal security. Figure 1-1 is
an illustration of a main CP configuration.