Operational Rest

Operational Rest

 

a temporary lull in active combat by the combatants on a given front or theater of war.

An operational rest may take place between two successive offensive operations in order to replace lost personnel, lost weapons, and expended ammunition; regroup and concentrate troops; bring up rear services and deliver matériel; and improve the basing of aviation. Combatants usually try to shorten the operational rest so that the enemy is not able to bring up new forces for waging combat.

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An operational REST system would be invaluable for rapidly distinguishing between areas that do and do not contain explosives, allowing the former to be the focus of intensive de-mining efforts and the latter to be released for human use.
As a multi-purpose proving ground, with a moderate climate, its primary mission is to plan, conduct, analyze and report on projects supporting all phases of weapons development and acquisition including surveillance and operational rests for the Defense Department and other government agencies, foreign governments, as well as private industry.
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