SYNCHRONIZATION OF BATTLEFIELD OPERATING SYSTEMS
ON THE AIRLAND BATTLEFIELD
Critical Task: S1-5879.07-0002
In this lesson, you will learn how the battlefield operating systems are coordinated and synchronized to
project a maximum combat force.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe the synchronization of battlefield operating systems.
You will have this lesson.
To demonstrate competency on this lesson, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on
the subcourse examination.
REFERENCES: The material in this lesson was derived from the following publication: FM 71-100.
For the combined arms effort to succeed on the battlefield, all elements must fight in a synchronized
manner. An effective blend of maneuver forces, fire support, air defense, and combat service support
must occur to inflict the maximum shock effect against the enemy, defend friendly units, and control the
tempo of the battle. The synchronization of the battlefield operating systems (BOS) is essential to
ensure a coordinated effort. Thus, the maneuver forces moving to gain a position of advantage are
supported by ground fire support and air defense to facilitate and exploit that positional advantage. At
the same time, combat service support units keep the logistics life line open. FM 71-100, Division
Operations, describes the synchronization of the BOS.