Figure 6-3. Marking of Minefields
Destruction. Once the enemy force has been detected and delayed, it must be destroyed. If it can be
destroyed with the capability of the base and MP response forces, then the threat should be destroyed
as quickly as possible. This is aided by positioning machine guns and lightweight antiarmor weapons
to cover obstacles and possible enemy avenues of approach. Grenade launchers mounted on vehicles
are effective fire suppression systems. These can be quickly dispatched to threatened areas. The
threat may exceed the base assets. The preplanned measure to delay the force may be seriously
tested until the MP response force or the TCF can arrive. At times, due to facilities and assets, the
base will not prevent the breach of the perimeter. Base defense plans should consider this problem.
Critical units or bases may be evacuated from the area if the factors of METT-T permit. Close and
constant coordination with the RAOC will enhance this defense.