I started this series, TDG (Tactical Decision Game) Tuesdays, to get you more in the mindset of how you could potentially handle a given tactical scenario with a limited amount of resources and manpower. My goal is to get you to read these scenarios and think about what resources you have available, what sort of scenarios you might encounter, and what gaps you need to fill in your equipment/training.
I will use the basic 5-paragraph operations order format, or SMEAC, to present the scenario as follows;
Situation: Disposition of all friendly, hostile, and adjacent forces.
Mission: What we are trying to do.
Execution: How we are going to do it.
Admin & Logistics: Who/what is getting where and how.
Command & Signal: Who is in charge and how they are communicating.
TDG 4: Alamo! Alamo! Alamo!
Situation: “ALAMO! ALAMO! ALAMO! NOT A DRILL!” reads the 2am encrypted chat message from Kevin, your friend and teammate. Alamo, the code word for one of you coming under siege in your own home, has never been used outside of training before. Thankfully, you knew this day would eventually come and you all trained accordingly. You pass on the message to the other members of your team, grab your minuteman kit off its ready rack, and head off to the predetermined ORP for Kevin’s house.
OPFOR Situation: A well-armed, trained, and organized “cartel” has surrounded Kevin’s home and attempted a no-knock raid, which failed and has now turned into a standoff. They have an armored MRAP and about 20 men on scene, most of whom are common enforcers armed only with handguns, but with a highly trained 10-man assault team armed with assault rifles and body armor. Known enemy positions are indicated on the map, but only represent what Kevin knows about and can tell you over the radio. In addition, you can expect them to have roadblocks set up on avenues of approach. Hostiles can be easily PID’d via their black uniforms and body armor, and distinct markings on vehicles.
BLUFOR Situation: Kevin and his wife, alerted by their dogs, managed to ambush and repel the initial attempt to storm their home and are now barricaded inside. Kevin has concealed CCTV cameras around his house running off a reserve battery that the cartel don’t know about, which is how he is able to spot and report enemy positions to you. You, the team leader, meet up with the remaining 4 members of your fire team plus at ORP Kevin, shown on the map above.
Independents Situation: There are multiple civilians in the houses surrounding Kevin’s, and the cartel has made no attempt to evacuate them. There is no external support or adjacent friendlies, it’s up to you.
Mission: Extract Kevin and his wife in order to get them out of harm’s way.
Execution: (Up to you. Remember what the mission is and don’t get sidetracked.)
Admin & Logistics: You have the following resources:
4 AKMs with 180 rounds each (6 mags)
1 .50 cal AMR with 30 rounds of API
1 small quad-copter drone with remote camera
4 handheld VHF/UHF radios
Command & Signal: You are the team leader. Your AMR team has trained to work semi-independently in the past and can be detached from the rest of the group if you choose. Your comm plan was set ahead of time, and is as follows:
P: Alamo1: 450.25MHz, for talking to Kevin
Valkyrie1: 447.70MHz, for talking within the team
A: Alamo2: 138.33MHz
C: Signal whistle
E: Orange reflective panels inside everyone’s hats
While you consider your plan, think about how much harder this would be to organize and how much slower your response time would be if you hadn’t prepared like the team in this TDG. Then consider how this could potentially work out for you and your friends/teammates. Do you know how you would respond to a call for help from your best friends? Do they know how to respond to you should you need it? Have you practiced responding to each others’ homes? Failing to plan is planning to fail.
And if you don’t know how to train your teammates to work together, I have a class for that.
Feel free to post your answers in the comments and discuss.