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The Importance of Area Denial in War

Jan 4, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
When discussing anti-access and area denial, the military concept of armed forces halting or delaying opposing forces from capturing a specific area, one typically focuses on naval and aerial operations that establish tactical superiority. Still, area denial efforts on the ground have an incredible effect on the conduct of modern warfare, especially in recent conflicts.
A destroyed tank sits among the wreckage of the Donetsk airport in Donetsk, Ukraine. When discussing anti-access and area denial, the military concept of armed forces halting or delaying opposing forces from capturing a specific area, one typically focuses on naval and aerial operations that establish tactical superiority. Still, area denial efforts on the ground have an incredible effect on the conduct of modern warfare, especially in recent conflicts.
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History is littered with examples of the few holding off the many. So before focusing on advancements in military technologies, consider the essential role of ground troops and the operations that halt and delay them in current conflicts....

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