Hunter-killer team

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U.S. Army sniper team in Afghanistan. The spotter acts as a "hunter" while the shooter acts as a "killer".

A hunter-killer team, is a team that separates the tasks of "hunting" and "killing" to two or more individuals.

Examples include:

Operations[edit]

Hunter killer operations are prolonged operations conducted in irregular warfare by a unique and specifically organized force, in conjunction with an indigenous force, against irregular warfare adversaries by operating behind the lines or in hostil, safe haven, or semi permissive environments, employing unorthodox tactics, for the sole purpose of achieving attrition and punitive actions predominantly against the personnel, leadership, and resources of the enemy.[1]

Principles[edit]

Hunter-killer forces and operations:

  • are best employed during irregular warfare environments[2]
  • require independent maneuver in enemy territory[2]
  • should not be formed ad hoc[3]
  • require specialized training in enemy tactics and weaponry, long-range endurance operations, infiltration and exfiltration techniques, and combat techniques[4]
  • require equal or superior maneuverability and mobility to the enemy in order to succeed[4]

Advantages[edit]

The hunter-killer approach provides:

  • versatility through its combination of combat power, reconnaissance capability, and survivability.[5]
  • the ability to effectively acquire information aggressively, perform security, and conduct counter-reconnaissance.[5]
  • control of any predicament the team is in, and of the operational tempo, denying this to the enemy.[6]
  • psychological effects on the enemy, specifically their will to fight.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Celeski, Joseph D. (January 2010). Hunter-Killer Teams: Attacking Enemy Safe Havens. Florida: Joint Special Operation University. p. 7. ISBN 1-933749-43-1.
  2. ^ a b Celeski, Joseph D. (January 2010). Hunter-Killer Teams: Attacking Enemy Safe Havens. Florida: Joint Special Operation University. p. 52. ISBN 1-933749-43-1.
  3. ^ Celeski, Joseph D. (January 2010). Hunter-Killer Teams: Attacking Enemy Safe Havens. Florida: Joint Special Operation University. p. 53. ISBN 1-933749-43-1.
  4. ^ a b Celeski, Joseph D. (January 2010). Hunter-Killer Teams: Attacking Enemy Safe Havens. Florida: Joint Special Operation University. p. 54. ISBN 1-933749-43-1.
  5. ^ a b Leadership, The Stable of (2018-02-04). "BlackJack Self Study Program #7: Hunter-Killer Teams". Medium. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  6. ^ a b Celeski, Joseph D. (January 2010). Hunter-Killer Teams: Attacking Enemy Safe Havens. Florida: Joint Special Operation University. p. 2. ISBN 1-933749-43-1.