High Value Target


High Value Target

High Value Target (HVT) is United States military terminology for a target (a person or resource) that an enemy commander requires for successful completion of a mission. The term has been widely used in the media for Osama Bin Laden and high ranking officers of Al-Qaeda who are allegedly considered essential to the completion of enemy operations. Soldiers are often asked to do all that is possible to capture an HVT alive but, if that is impossible, they are given clearance to fire. Delta Force and the U.S. Army Rangers are experts in HVT captures or killings. [Seymour M. Hersh, "Moving Targets", New Yorker, December 15, 2003 accessed at [http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/12/15/031215fa_fact?printable=true] on 13 Feb 2008] The term has also become associated with secret Pentagon programs to capture and interrogate terrorist leaders. [Seymour M. Hersh, "The Gray Zone:How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib", New Yorker, May 24, 2004 accessed at [http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/040524fa_fact] ]

HVT language also applies in many other contexts, including the potential targeting of weapons of mass destruction. [Sections on HVT Engagement in "The DIM MAK Response of Special Operations Forces to the World of 2025:"Zero Tolerance/Zero Error", A Research Paper Presented To Air Force 2025, August 1996 accessed at [http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/volume3/chap11/v3c11-2.htm#High-Value%20Target%20Engagement] and [http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/volume3/chap11/v3c11-3.htm#HVT%20Engagement%20(Targeting%20Items)] ]

ee also

*Manhunt (Military)
*Operation Red Dawn
*Osama bin Laden
*Ayman al-Zawahiri
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* [http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/new_pubs/jp1_02.pdf United States Department of Defense definition] high-value target — A target the enemy commander requires for the successful completion of the mission. The loss of high-value targets would be expected to seriously degrade important enemy functions throughout the friendly commander’s area of interest. Also called HVT. See also high-payoff target; target. (JP 3-09)
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/09/AR2006090901105.html Bin Laden Trail 'Stone Cold'] Washington Post September 10 2006


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