The nature of combat power is fundamentally shifting from mass to precision and agility. Additionally, the explosive growth of the world’s major urban centres, changes in potential enemy strategies, and the Global War on Terrorism, have made the urban battlespace increasingly decisive and virtually unavoidable. The urban environment strips away the ability to use the strategies and tactics developed for use by mass or overwhelming force. We now need to see farther and more clearly, manoeuvre faster, and engage more precisely than the enemy. These changes require a detailed examination of how the CF needs to adapt to be capable of applying precision effects, which requires a shift from a platform-centric to a network-centric mode of operations, and from a kinetic weapons-based to an effects based approach to operations.
The Effective Engagement Team will focus in general, upon the Conduct Operations and Force Protection Capability Areas at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of the Mobility Capability Area of the Canadian Joint Task List (CJTL). These CJTL Capability Areas are the core of combat power and represent the unique and most crucial military contribution to Canada’s national instruments of power. They are also the areas most significantly affected by the developing reorientation of the CF as articulated by the Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS). More specifically the EET will focus upon the Joint Fires, the associated Joint Fires TDP, Netcentric Operation, Effects Based Operations and Joint Urban Warfare.
The objective of Joint Fires: 1) is to define a concept (which include people, process, decision requirements and infrastructure) of how to enable coordinated fire support that utilizes fire capability from all services. 2) Is to be responsive to immediate fires request from all services. 3) Is to allow all services to designate and prioritize targets, and allocate fire requests to any services.
Fire support is the collective and coordinated use of indirect fire of land, air and sea based fire systems, offensive information operations, and non-lethal munitions against ground targets to support land combat operations.