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Unformatted text preview: ould explore those avenues. 30 November 2010 TC 18-01 3-21 Appendix A Area Study
This appendix provides an outline format for an area study (Figure A-1, pages A-1
through A-5). This format provides a systematic means for compiling and retaining
essential information to support SF operations. Although the basic outline is general,
it is flexible enough to permit detailed coverage of a given area. As time is available
for further study, the preparer should subdivide various subjects and assign them to
detachment members to produce a more detailed analysis of specified areas of
Area Study Outline
Date: Copies Area Study of JSOA
1. Purpose and Limiting Factors.
a. Purpose. Delineate the area being studied.
b. Mission. State the mission the area study supports.
c. Limiting Factors. Identify factors that limit the completeness or accuracy of the area study.
2. Geography, Hydrography, and Climate. Divide the operational area into its various definable
subdivisions and analyze each subdivision using the subdivisions shown below.
a. Areas and Dimensions.
b. Strategic Locations.
(1) Neighboring countries and boundaries.
(2) Natural defenses, including frontiers.
(3) Points of entry and strategic routes.
c. Climate. Note variations from the norm and the months in which they occur. Note any extremes in
climate that would affect operations.
(2) Rainfall and snow.
(3) Wind and visibility.
(4) Light data. Include begin morning nautical twilight (BMNT), end of evening nautical twilight
(EENT), sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset.
(5) Seasonal effect of the weather on terrain and visibility.
(1) General direction of mountain ranges or ridgelines, and if hills and ridges are dissected.
(2) General degree of slope.
(3) Characteristics of valleys and plains.
(4) Natural routes for and natural obstacles to cross-country movement.
(5) Location of area suitable for guerrilla bases, units, and other installations.
(6) Potential landing zones (LZs),...
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