(4) Framework for prioritization.
(5) Standard reference for doctrine development.
(6) Aide for training development.
(7) Guide for test and evaluation, planning, execution, and reporting.
3. Summary. In this lesson, you learned the functions and structure of battlefield operating systems
(BOS). The seven BOS are the major functions occurring on the battlefield; they are a subordinate
component of a hierarchical listing of battlefield functions known as the tactical Blueprint. Each BOS is
subdivided into functions, subfunctions, and generic tasks. The seven BOS are:
a. Maneuver-employing forces through movement and direct fires, in combination with fire
support, to achieve the advantage.
b. Fire support-includes artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, close air support, and electronic
c. Air defense-all measures used to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of enemy aircraft or
missiles after they are airborne.
d. Command and control-the exercise of authority and direction by a commander over assigned
e. Intelligence-directed toward acquiring knowledge of the enemy, weather, and geographical
f. Mobility and survivability-focuses on the combat force's freedom of movement and
protection from enemy weapons systems.
g. Combat service support-directed toward support to sustain forces, primarily in logistics,
personnel services, and health services.