MCDP 1-3
Tactics

Foreword

Chapter 1. Understanding Tactics

An Art and A Science
—The Environment
—How We View Combat and How We Fight
—Marine Corps Tactics
—Conclusion

Chapter 2. Achieving a Decision

Anzio: A Model of Tactical Indecisivenes
—Cannae: A Clear Tactical Decision Achieved
—Understanding Decisiveness
—Military Judgment
    – Understanding the Situation
    – Acting Decisively
—Conclusion

Chapter 3. Gaining Advantage

Combined Arms
—Maneuver
—Exploiting the Environment
    – Terrain
    –Weather
    –Periods of Darkness or Reduced Visibility
—Complementary Forces
—Surprise
—Trapping the Enemy
—Developing an Ambush Mentality
—Asymmetry
—Conclusion

Chapter 4. Being Faster

Speed in Combat
—What is Speed?
—Speed and Time
—Timing
—Relative Speed
—Continuing Speed
—Speed and Change
—Becoming Faster
—Conclusion

Chapter 5. Adapting

Anticipation
—Improvisation
—Flexible Plans
—Decentralization
—Conclusion

Chapter 6. Cooperating

Control in Combat
—Cooperation
—Discipline
—Conclusion

Chapter 7. Exploiting Success and Finishing

Building on Advantage
—Consolidation, Exploitation, and Pursuit
—Finishing the Enemy
—Use of the Reserve in Combat
—Conclusion

Chapter 8. Making it Happen

Doctrine
—Education
—Training
—Training and Educational Methods
    – Professional Reading and Historical Study
    –Tactical Exercises
    –Wargaming
    –
 Terrain Walks
    –Competition
    –Critiques
—Conclusion

Notes