INTRODUCTION TO AIRLAND BATTLE
Critical Task: S1-5879.07-0002
In this lesson, you will learn the Army's basic fighting doctrine for AirLand Battle, as defined by its four
tenets, along with their application during Operation Desert Storm, and the concept for the evolution of
AirLand Battle-AirLand Operations.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe the concept of AirLand Battle through its four tenets.
You will have this lesson
To demonstrate competency on this lesson, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on
the subcourse examination.
The material in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
FM 100-5 and TRADOC Pam 525-5.
AirLand Battle (ALB), the U.S. Army's basic fighting doctrine, is a concept that evolved to meet
battlefield requirements. It is called ALB in recognition of the inherently three-dimensional nature of
1. ALB Doctrine. ALB doctrine is the manner by which combat power is aggressively and decisively
applied on the battlefield. It is a doctrine comprised of four tenets: initiative, agility, depth, and
synchronization. FM 100-5, Operations, describes the tenets of ALB in the following extract: