“Ambushes are classified by category – hasty or deliberate…A platoon or squad conducts a hasty ambush when it makes visual contact with an enemy force and has time to establish an ambush without being detected. The actions for a hasty ambush must be well rehearsed so that soldiers know what to do on the leader’s signal. They must also know what action to take if detected before they are ready to initiate the ambush.”
-Field Manual 7-8 – Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
Sometimes you just have to react quickly and decisively. That is what our new section, Hasty Ambush (here and along the left side of the home page), is for. In this section, we feature short, sharp pieces by our contributors. If the commentary section is for our symphonies, Hasty Ambushes are jazz.
We already have some great Hasty Ambushes:
- “On Rue’s Modernization and Readiness” by Frank Hoffman
- “Debating Theories of Success” by Robert Haddick
- “Dempsey’s Options on Syria” by Yours Truly
- “Deploying Differently to Korea” by Dave Maxwell
Check it out!
Ryan Evans is the Editor-in-Chief of War on the Rocks. Follow him on Twitter: @EvansRyan202