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Purpose of a Cordon and Search Cordon and Search Planning Conduct of the Search Lessons Learned in the COE

A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
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which every platoon leader must understand. US Soldiers find Iraqi weapons cache.Platoon Cordon and Search n 221 Introduction Cordon and search operations have gained importance with military commanders in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE) because of the need to flush out insurgents and terrorists—and to find and destroy the weapons caches that support their attacks against coalition forces and the local people. roles. participants. . and planning considerations of cordon and search. doctrine. special teams. This section will review the purpose.

Task Force 2nd Battalion. Most of them are built the same. counterterrorist forces government forces taking military.” “Sometimes we’ll get lucky and where we don’t think there’s anything. or drive enemy fighters from small centers of populations or subdivisions of a larger community. paramilitary. and civic actions to defeat terrorists . 1st Class Freddie Bonetti. economic. Being infantry. economic.” said US Army Sgt. apprehend wanted terrorists or enemy combatants. the US Army’s 3rd Platoon ‘Roughriders’ of Company A. Sgt. explained. but it’s always a possibility. 12th Cavalry Regiment conducted a search in a farming village Jan. Counterinsurgency and counterterrorist forces frequently use cordon and search operations while conducting other offensive missions as a means to locate insurgent or terrorist weapons caches. “We’ve been going and hitting different locations with the intent of just looking around and seeing if we uncover anything. paramilitary. suddenly we come right on top of something. and taking the neighborhood by surprise. Jan. wham.” Bonetti added. Mabry and his team noticed something strange. a Roughriders team leader from Mohanas. but the Roughriders used their infantry skills to make it happen. The find contributes to the task force’s four-week streak of finding weapons caches and detaining anti-Iraqi forces in this previously unpatrolled area along the Euphrates River. psychological. “Each house is a different [obstacle]. “We keep [the insurgents] guessing about what we’re going to do next. 2005—Continuing operations in the Latifiyah area of north Babil. They rolled up in Bradley Fighting Vehicles under the cover of darkness. the Roughriders platoon has contributed to the streak by finding over nine significant weapons caches and detaining dozens of suspects during continuous operations in the area that started when the task force arrived late December. sealed it from escape. a Roughriders squad leader from Brady. Texas.” Mabry said. Texas. Steven Mabry.” Going into the house where the improvised-explosive-device makers were located. “We don’t know what to expect going into each house. Units engaged in stability and support operations will also conduct cordon and search missions. but as you go in you don’t know [who’s] hiding where. 20. We don’t know if we’re going to get a hit when we go out. political. as the vignette below from Iraq demonstrates. and civic actions to defeat insurgency Cordon and search is an operation in which military forces seal off an area and search it while controlling entrances or exits during the search. psychological. deny the enemy freedom of maneuver. “Roughriders” Nab Latifiyah Bombmaking Cell LATIFIYAH. Taking down a cell of improvised-explosive-device makers might have been a lucky find. political.222 n SECTION 7 Purpose of a Cordon and Search cordon and search operation to seal off and search an area counterinsurgency forces government forces taking military. 16. So far. Iraq. which resulted in the detainment of an improvised-explosive-device manufacturing cell. they’re always prepared for anything.

so we made sure that we kept those [men] separated. civil affairs (CA). “My platoon has been very good at following up on leads with the interpreter.Platoon Cordon and Search n 223 “I could tell by the two guys that were standing outside. “You could tell by just looking at them when we first came in. local translators. and took another improvised-explosive-device maker off the streets of Iraq.” The team’s next tip came when an elderly man in the village pointed the men out as bad guys. local leadership. We walk in and all the males will come out. They didn’t seem right. They didn’t really seem like they wanted to do the routine.” When the names of these men were checked against a list of known anti-Iraqi forces by an interpreter. The Roughriders don’t see that kind of thing every day. “[There was an] old man pointing and screaming ‘ali babba. and interrogation-specialist teams • Schedule ample time to conduct thorough search and interrogation of residents in the affected area • Rehearse operations thoroughly • Treat all civilians fairly but firmly at all times • Avoid any incidents that unnecessarily alienate the local people. the Roughriders made a positive identification of the men. objective reasoning.” Defend America: US Department of Defense News About the War on Terrorism Normally US Army units conduct cordon and search operations to: • Identify and apprehend persons hostile to US efforts • Gather and exploit information on insurgents • Target people. especially if these are big league bad guys. Ramiro Roldan. and individuals—the purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives Cordon and Search Planning In planning cordon and search operations. With the help of their interpreter.” Mabry added.” 1st Lt. Texas. and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments. said. buildings. organizations. you should consider the following: • Include sufficient forces to effectively cordon off and thoroughly search target areas • Augment the cordon and search forces with psychological operations (PSYOP). “For an old man to do that.’ That usually doesn’t happen. or terrain. Bonetti said. it shows a lot of courage. groups. . psychological operations (PSYOP) planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions.” Bonetti said. the Roughriders platoon leader from San Antonio. a close match was found. motives. “There was something fishy about them. Usually every time they get somebody it’s one of the bad guys. “They’ve been very successful. material.” “Most of the time they already know the routine.” Mabry said.

you should use Army search techniques. the civilian police or local forces control a search with the military in support. The cordon element moves quickly into position to encircle the search area. Cordon Element The cordon element surrounds the area. host nation police perform the actual search when they are available in adequate numbers and have been trained in search operations. doctrinally. securing open areas and establishing roadblocks and checkpoints to prevent escape and to keep out insurgents who may be trying to reinforce the areas. Search Element The search element conducts the mission assigned for the operation. . Regardless of the controlling agency. A search involving a large force may be controlled by the military commander with the civilian police in support. You organize the search element into special teams that include Soldiers and equipment for handling of: • • • • • • • • • Prisoners Interrogation Documentation Demolitions PSYOPS/civil affairs Mine detection Fire support Scout dog employment Reconnaissance. During searches of built-up areas. US forces will turn over the task of cordon and search as more local police are properly trained and the numbers are available to conduct such searches. however. You must thoroughly prepare and rehearse these techniques before undertaking search operations. divide the areas into zones and assign a search party to each. intelligence. or tips provided by a local person sympathetic to the new regime or the coalition’s efforts. Conduct of the Search Whether you are searching a few isolated huts or buildings or well-developed urban neighborhoods. US forces are conducting cordon and search operations in response to attacks. A search party generally consists of three elements: • a search element to conduct the search • a cordon element to encircle the area to prevent entrance and exit and to secure open areas • a reserve element to assist as required.224 n SECTION 7 Command and Control According to Army doctrine. Training your unit in these techniques is as important as training in battle drills. especially in built-up areas. In the COE. taking up position before the search element moves in.

“We used good weapons discipline to engage the terrorists without hitting the civilians. Task Force Baghdad Soldiers Defeat Terrorists in Suburb BAGHDAD (Army News Service. 7th Cavalry.Platoon Cordon and Search n 225 Reserve Element The reserve element is a mobile force positioned in a safe and easily defendable location centrally located to easily reinforce or support the cordon or search elements. the outcome is almost always certain when terrorists try to engage us—they die. two additional suspects were detained. commander.” In the town.” said Lt. “All elements of the Squadron were able to provide the necessary assistance for this mission. however.” said Capt. “One terrorist tried to escape in a van and was killed. 3rd Squadron. 3/7 Cav. a platoon leader in C Troop. “We received small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from the edge of a small village. “I think (the terrorists) were testing us. commander of Coalition Forces in east Baghdad. Arnold Lee. commander of C Troop. small subdivision. 15. Michael Johnson. Owing to the nonlinear and unpredictable battlefield of the COE.” Army News Service . “We immediately placed well-aimed fire on the enemy and killed one and severely wounded another.” Burgoyne said. There were no American casualties.” After engaging the enemy.” said Col. “We could see the terrorists trying to maneuver on us and they were attempting to mix with civilians who were in the area. Col. many units find themselves conducting hasty cordon and searches as the result of insurgent or terrorist attacks on friendly forces. Michael Burgoyne. Two terrorists were killed. 2005)—Task Force Baghdad Soldiers successfully repelled a terrorist attack near Jisr Diyala Nov. the troopers conducted a hasty cordon and search. and two suspects were detained after the exchange of fire in the Baghdad suburb. it can replace or reinforce either of the other two elements should the need arise. Joseph DiSalvo. “I imagine the only thing they will have learned by this is that they should not provoke us with small-arms fire.” Iraqi Police evacuated the wounded terrorist to a nearby medical facility. Such was the case of Soldiers from C Troop in the following vignette. the larger the force required to conduct the cordon and search. Nov. The cordon and search mission is doctrinally a deliberately planned mission that requires a company or larger force to cordon off and search a city block. 21. The larger the populated area. “The Squadron massed forces for the most effectiveness. During the search for more terrorists. one was wounded. In addition. Its specific mission is to assist the other two elements as required. or village.” said 2nd Lt. troopers moved into the village to search for more terrorist activity.

The search teams should have lists of prohibited or controlled items. Remember that misuse of search authority can undermine the overall mission. and one squad is the reserve. you organize and prepare your unit to assault it. location. activity. the platoon or squad should use the least force possible in responding. materiel. but the searchers open fire only in self-defense. whereas proper use of search authority gains the respect and support of the local people. support the government. when preparing to search a building. At the platoon level. uniform. In cases of high threat. They cover each other with their weapons and are prepared to fight at any time. however. or an enemy sympathizer. they knock and inform the occupants of their actions. only at a smaller scale. . or terrain. you will call in size. terrorist. the search should be conducted as rapidly as possible to allow life to return to normal as quickly as possible for those being searched. or continue until reinforcements arrive. Military personnel should conduct searches only in areas under military jurisdiction. many platoons are required to conduct both hasty and deliberate cordon and search missions. Anyone in a search area may be an insurgent. If resistance develops.226 n SECTION 7 Your platoon will normally conduct a cordon and search as part of a larger force assigned a cordon and search mission. one squad becomes the search team. wait for reinforcements. Searchers must take care. time. to avoid making an enemy out of a suspect who may. The two or three Soldiers use the techniques for clearing a room—but instead of coming through a window or kicking in a door. and equipment (SALUTE) to higher headquarters and continue the search and cordon until you receive orders from higher headquarters to disengage. one becomes the cordon team. buildings. in fact. To improve or maintain local support. Considerations You may focus a search on people. As platoon leader. Platoons and squads tasked with a search should have interpreters as needed. For example. however. In the COE. the unit may conduct the search as a tactical mission. A search operation should proceed as slowly as necessary to allow for an effective search but quickly enough to prevent the enemy from reacting to the search’s threat.

Doing so allows US forces to develop counter-TTPs to locate and defeat IEDs. including combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) Soldiers. many units. your unit SOP may call for you to initiate a unitspecific “react to IED” battle drill in which: a) one element is to identify the initiator and either pursue the initiator or direct another element to pursue the initiator. other programmed numbers as well as numbers for calls made and received can provide crucial information to identify the terrorist or insurgent cell. you must make a split-second decision to either accelerate through the kill zone and continue your mission or dismount from your vehicles and execute a rapid cordon and search. IP. It has become critical for commanders and the intelligence community to identify new technology as well as TTPs that insurgents use when conducting IED attacks. A cell phone is rigged to the IED and the initiator simply sets the IED cell phone’s number as a speed dial on his cell phone. make sure that all your subordinate leaders and Soldiers keep the following considerations in mind: • Enemy material you find may be booby-trapped. techniques. b) one element moves quickly to cordon the area. Other favored detonation devices in the COE are washing machine timers that can be rigged to the IED with the dial set to go off at a prescribed time. while also receiving and directing follow-on CA. If the IED was not effective and your unit did not receive any casualties. where cordon and search takes on added significance. Lessons Learned in the COE In the nonlinear environment of the COE. and procedures (TTPs) in the COE and are constantly changing their methods for emplacing and initiating IEDs against US and coalition forces as well as Iraqi Police (IP) and Iraqi Army (IA) forces. . IA.Platoon Cordon and Search n 227 Special Considerations When planning or conducting a cordon and search operation. or an explosive device. IED patrols have become a daily mission for all units. and c) one element secures the dismount site and acts as the reserve. Consider it dangerous until investigation proves it safe. Enemy fighters quickly adapt to US Army tactics. If Soldiers can capture the initiator. or interpreters to assist in the cordon and search. down to the platoon and squad levels. This goes for material as mundane as propaganda signs and leaflets • Search underground and underwater areas—use mine detectors or metal detectors to locate metal objects in these locations • Suspect any freshly excavated ground—it could be a hiding place for a person. In the COE. A frequent insurgent tactic is to initiate the ambush using cell phones. your SOP may dictate that you accelerate and continue along your route and report. you and your Soldiers must adapt current doctrine in order to defeat terrorists and insurgents. On the other hand. and your decision may be largely driven by unit standing operating procedure (SOP). a weapons cache. The Army unit may or may not have host nation authorities or CA support immediately on site. execute cordon and search immediately following an enemy improvised explosive device (IED) ambush in order to prevent the initiator or ambushers from escaping. Your rapid decision must meet your commander’s intent for the mission. The intent is to capture the initiator and any appliance that the insurgents or terrorists used to set off the IED. When an IED explodes near your platoon.

The enemy the Army faces in the COE is intelligent. All can conceal IEDs. and adapts accordingly. or fast-moving vehicles approaching the convoy from a merging lane or from behind. bottles. after the IED is initiated. Many units make this decision based on whether they can spot the IED initiator. a unit’s SOP may dictate that the platoon leader or PL. It is a likely enemy course of action. for the initiator to withdraw noticeably along a designated route to lure the pursuit element into a pre-planned point ambush. what he or she is wearing. as part of the battle drill. the element that spots him or her becomes the search team. If they do spot the initiator. You must consider many factors of METT-TC when you make the decision whether to fire warning shots at suspicious vehicles first in order to avoid an attack. slow-traveling vehicles along the route. a platoon may be limited to a one-block cordon and search. The logic behind this technique is that it’s easier for the search team members to find the initiator if they’ve already seen him or her. animal carcasses. immediately move to high ground or a building that provides a vantage point for the area that will be cordoned and searched in order to better direct the cordon and search teams. The platoon leader or patrol leader (PL) immediately designates as the cordon team another element that is in the best position to seal off the city block or. Suicide bombers are another threat in the COE. a company conducts the cordon and search with the platoons playing various roles in the operation. and abandoned or parked vehicles along the route. They have adapted their own countermeasures accordingly. accelerate and continue along your route if attacked. Some units may have a pre-established limit of advance (LOA) when reacting to an IED ambush. depending on elements of METT-TC that are unique to the unit’s area of operation. rather than trying to communicate to another element what the initiator looks like. Enemy fighters have recognized that US IED countermeasures are to identify and pursue the initiators. It is also very important that the reserve element leader closely monitor the fight and know the exact locations of the search and cordon elements in the event the reserve must move to reinforce or rescue an ambushed element. Each unit may have a slightly different SOP or technique in such situations. Warning signs of suicide bombers include civilians loitering in the area. For instance. It also prevents the pursuit element from overextending the pursuit and becoming cut off from the unit’s main body. Leaders must be aware of this likely enemy course of action—they must maneuver or position the search and cordon elements in ways likely to locate or disrupt the enemy in the ambush site before friendly forces enter the kill zone. The following vignette gives a feel for some of the cordon and search operations that take place in Iraq.228 n SECTION 7 Soldiers should look for fresh dirt or asphalt repairs in roads. studies Army TTPs. e Critical Thinking Which techniques that you have learned in conducting offensive and defensive operations are useful in conducting rapid cordon and search operations? . This technique preserves combat power by limiting the distance the squads can move away from each other’s direct support and covering fires. or dismount and pursue the attackers once attacked. In this case. and the direction of travel. boxes.

PSYOPS’ mission was to observe the local populace and distribute radios for the local radio station that’s in the works. Rodriguez said that the ING Soldiers were in the training phase of the cordon search. which is attached to the 2-108th. “We search everything in the area and look for designated targets. Special Forces and Iraqi National Guard conducted two cordon searches during the last week of July. the other elements search each house within that area. Charlie Company had the responsibility of searching the houses while maintaining security. Vt. George Rodriguez of Salisbury. A cordon search is common knowledge for an infantryman. 324th Psychological Operations Company. and commander of Charlie Company. but for others in the military it is a foreign topic. They make it impossible to go in or out of the area.” said Capt. This is [an] average day [in the] life of an infantryman Soldier. along with elements of 1st Battalion. . The ING. A cordon means an element of a company size surrounds the outside of an area. wearing an intense look. scanned his sector of fire like a hawk.. 415th Civil Affairs Battalion. Special Forces also provided security. Along with the ING. They along with their Bradleys were strategically placed along the high traffic areas. Charlie Company. the commander and an interpreter strolled through the gate to talk with the occupants. 108th Infantry Regiment. located south of Samara. .Platoon Cordon and Search n 229 Cordon and Search in Iraq FORWARD OPERATING BASE BRASSFIELD MORA. Iraq (12/14/2004)— As the sun slowly rises in the distance. Once the area is secured. NY. One team disappeared around the corner of a wall into the house. SAMARRA. Next. 1-26th also executed the outer cordon. the ING conducts the outer cordon where it searches all vehicles coming and going through the cordon. Civil Affairs talked to the local village leaders and [assessed] the area. The other team took up security around the wall. each Soldier. For now. . The National Guard unit is based in Gloversville. . a platoon of Apache Company. had the cordon of the outer perimeter while the platoon from the 1-26th provided security on the cordon along with their M2A2 ODS Bradley fighting vehicles. 2nd Battalion. 26th Infantry Regiment. Each element present had a specific mission while in the village of Al Maejeel. and eventually they want the ING to take over the actual searches.

“At first they (local populace) were standoffish and didn’t really want to become involved with the coalition forces. an Army Reserve unit from Kalamazoo. and its Soldiers want to do the right thing. . .” Rodriguez said. He also mentioned that the radio would play Arabic music [interspersed with messages from coalition forces]. Each of these elements will continue [to search the village twice a week or more often for at least a month longer]. Its mission is to relay messages to the local populace. They also talked to the local leaders along with . returning to these villages every so often has opened up a form of communication with the locals. John Winfield of Denver. “I think the ING feel they have a big brother to look out for them and that’s basically what we are doing. The Detroit native said his unit gave the kids toys and candy to prevent them from playing with explosives and to keep them busy. Coalition forces distribute candy and toys. “We handed out radios today to let the people of this village listen to the program that we broadcast from Brassfield Mora. the units were conducting cordon searches more often. he said. Mich. .” Additionally. they have become a lot friendlier. Victor Jones of the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion. adding that the locals didn’t want to be perceived by neighbors as helping the coalition. The 324th PSYOPS Company is an Army reserve unit out of Denver. Civil Affairs. While each unit has other missions to accomplish.” said Rodriguez. Charlie Company provided the security and the search team. The civil affairs Soldiers [assess] each village they go in to determine what they can do to help the locals. Rodriguez also said that the ING have come a long way.” said Spc. all agree on one thing: It’s good for each unit to meet the people in the villages and make its presence known. showing the folks that we’re there to help. said Maj. “After [we’ve gone] there continuously . and contribute to the local economy by purchasing such items as sodas. . Colo. National Guard Bureau . The purchases are a way of showing the people that the troops are there to help them.230 n SECTION 7 While they were responsible for the outer security. Before July.

a St.. 23. for those have been there before. 3rd Plt. we’re here” attitude before dismounting to walk the streets on foot. wild west. regardless of rank or leadership experience. 2005)—They’re the new guys on the block. but at the same time they will kick the doors in on the insurgents who plan to spread upheaval.” said Pickerel. understand that the cordon and search is a task that intrudes on the local populace and can lessen support for the long-term goal in the COE—to win the hearts and minds of those you are trying to protect. it’s a new uniform on smiling faces with determination to get the job done. It’s a new attitude.” said Sgt. Nov. 23rd Infantry Regiment. Pickerel. “Our patrols are designed to let the citizens of Iraq know we are here for them. B. Mo.” Take the next left on Broadway Patrolling streets of New York fame . B recently replaced Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Lewis.” Pickerel said. named “Canal. all Soldiers must think about public relations when conducting offensive operations in the COE—and understand the old adage that you can catch more flies with honey. and they’re not hard to spot. The cordon and search is an aggressive offensive operation. and we are out here every day. native. and has hit the ground running. New Soldiers Patrol Streets of Mosul MOSUL.” “Broadway. Alaska.Platoon Cordon and Search n 231 The enemy may have hit your unit with an IED or ambushed you with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire. Iraq (Army News Service. and things have calmed down quite a bit since we’ve moved in. “This used to be called the wild. have assumed responsibility for the streets of Mosul in northern Iraq. Fort Richardson.” complete with alleys called “1st Base Line” all the way around to “Home Plate” doesn’t come easy.” and an area known as “Yankee Stadium. 4th Battalion. Joseph. “We get on the ground as much as possible because that’s really the only way you get to know the people in the area. Soldiers from Fort Richardson. . Co. They smile at the Iraqi citizens on the streets. driving around with a “hey. Still. . Co. but as you will read in the following vignette. Wash. platoon sergeant. “We are out here doing what we like to call PR—public relations. Alaska.. .. Not because they rumble through the streets in their Stryker light-armored vehicles.” Soldiers hit ground running The unit [members] spend parts of their days in their vehicles. 1st Class Thomas M. it is important that all Soldiers. but the unit ahead of us did a lot of work here. You may have received casualties or even suffered killed in action. “We’ve got all the kinks worked out.

and it has helped tremendously with relations. Anthony E. “It’s a dual-facet mission. platoon leader. “We let the citizens know we are here to help them. the better off they’ll be. The unit takes on sporadic gunfire when loading into their vehicles and has to deal with drive-by shootings and improvised explosive devices on an almost daily basis. and forty pounds of armor strapped to their backs.” Helping the cause is a Soldier in the platoon with the ability to speak Arabic.232 n SECTION 7 Along with shaking hands and giving candy to kids. .” Cerullo said.” “We talk to citizens in the neighborhoods and do random searches to see if we can find anything. a day isn’t complete without a trip to see their counterparts-in-arms. looking for IEDs before they go off.” said Staff Sgt. seeing what they need and talking about future missions. . said Cerullo. Fernandez has picked up the language from interpreters. “We take intelligence that has been gathered. B move up and down miles of concrete laden with weapons. 3rd Plt. the Soldiers of Co. Fernandez. information or otherwise. and we are going to do even more now because it’s their country. “We’ve done joint patrols with the IA and the IP. but we are also here to let them know that we don’t take any (mess).” Equal opportunity patrols On top of the patrol mission. a squad leader with 3rd Plt. all that gear is essential when the troops have to get down to the business of being infantrymen.” he said. . ammunition.” Cerullo said. to be possible insurgent vehicles. he said. The platoon stops in daily to speak with the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police. We do standard patrols where we look for suspicious activity—anything out of the ordinary. Austin S. and we look for certain vehicles that we know .” said 1st Lt. and they are going to be the ones doing it after we leave here. “The more we can teach them how to do it the right way and help them along in that process. “We’re out here looking for the bad guys. And the bad guys are out there. “We do improvised explosive devise (IED) sweeps. Despite temperatures rising into the 130 degree range. Cerullo. and we also take care of guys we catch emplacing them.

Army News Service . but I can speak Arabic pretty well and the kids come to me naturally.” A recent patrol had a gaggle of 20 Iraqi children hanging onto and holding hands with Fernandez.Platoon Cordon and Search n 233 SPC Andrew D. “Doc” Nelson. Fort Richardson. the M-4 assault rifle was put out of harm’s way for the time being. Iraq. being able to talk to the Iraqis a little. looks over his shoulder while providing cover for fellow Soldiers in Mosul. The infantrymen had parents lining the streets with smiles on their faces and gestures of “thumbs up” for blocks. 23rd Infantry Regiment. Alaska. “I don’t have any kids.” Fernandez said. a medic with 3rd Platoon. “It helps out a lot with relations. 4th Battalion. Company B.

3. In many locations. In others. will be invaluable to you in understanding the enemy’s TTPs and most likely courses of action—what insurgents are up to and how they may behave. Army doctrine calls for specific procedures during a cordon and search operation. Training and careful preparation for cordon and search operations will help you bring your Soldiers home safely while at the same time winning the hearts and minds of those you are trying to protect and empower with individual freedoms. 4. Key Words cordon and search counterinsurgency forces counterterrorist forces psychological operations (PSYOP) Learning Assessment 1. Describe how to task organize a platoon for a cordon and search. After action reviews (AARs) from other Army units.234 n SECTION 7 e CONCLUSION Cordon and search is an essential tool for anyone leading full spectrum operations today. . you’ll participate in carefully planned cordon and search operations as backup to local police or military authorities. But shifting conditions in the COE demand that units on the ground adapt procedures and techniques to fit the evolving threat they face. as well as intelligence supplied by your battalion intelligence officer. Describe the three missions that a platoon may receive as part of a company cordon and search. you may launch into a rapid cordon and search in response to an attack on your platoon while patrolling city streets. Describe how enemy and friendly forces in the COE have adapted to the TTPs used by both. Explain the purpose of cordon and search. 2.

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