Forward edge of the battle area
The forward edge of the battle area (FEBA) is a military term referring to the generally contiguous line of troops, or sensor and weapon coverage, closest to the enemy.
"[the] foremost limits of a series of areas in which ground combat units are deployed, excluding the areas in which the covering or screening forces are operating, designated to coordinate fire support, the positioning of forces, or the maneuver of units."
It is not quite "no man's land," as friendly scouts and patrols will routinely venture beyond it, up to the forward line of troops.
In modern warfare, the FEBA may have three dimensions: an aircraft above a given altitude, inside the ground FEBA, may be considered hostile. The ADAM cell in U.S. Brigade Combat Team headquarters is a new organization responsible for deconflicting the airspace over the FEBA.
- US Department of Defense (12 July 2007), Joint Publication 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. Retrieved on 2007-10-01