1. Synchronization of BOS. The division commander must coordinate the following operating systems
and synchronize their activities in time, space, and purpose. Table 3-1 lists the seven BOS. As depicted
in Figure 3-1 all seven BOS are synchronized to project the most effective combat force. The
synchronization of BOS activities at a decisive location and time results in the proper blend of forces
that win on the battlefield.
a. Maneuver. The maneuver elements
of a division are its tactical brigades with their
Table 3-1. Battlefield Operating Systems
assigned infantry and armor battalions, the
division cavalry squadron, and the attack
helicopter battalions. For short periods, and
when properly augmented and supported, the
aviation brigade can operate as a maneuver
brigade. The objective of maneuver at division
level is to place or move battalion and brigade
sized combat elements into positions where they
can bring direct and indirect fires to bear on the
enemy with the greatest effectiveness.
Maneuver units can inflict the greatest damage
on the enemy by avoiding head-on encounters
and by striking the vulnerable enemy flanks and
rear where superior combat power can be
achieved. The division must seize and retain the
enemy units at the FLOT and destroying the
enemy in the close fight. The division must be
able to identify narrow windows of opportunity
to maneuver forces offensively and to force the
enemy to halt his attack and change his plan. The impact of NBC weapons on the unit's ability to
maneuver while being supported must be considered.
(1) Heavy forces.
(a) Heavy maneuver units are used in the division close operation to close with and
destroy enemy forces. Attack helicopter units are integrated into deep, close, and rear operations.
Divisions employ heavy maneuver forces in conducting mobile combat against armored and mechanized
threats in open terrain. Heavy maneuver elements are allocated based on the division mission along
with a consideration of these elements to effectively employ their combat systems given the terrain and
expected enemy capabilities and actions. The division can employ heavy units as part of its security
operation to effectively conduct covering or screening force operations in both the offense and the