While watching 13 Hours: the secret soldiers of Benghazi, I heard the following:
[Tyrone] Oz? This is where we make our stand!
[Oz] Guys, let's set sectors of fire with overlapping coverage.
It occurs at 1:28:04 in the movie.
GRS operatives at the moment are positioned at 4 corners of the compound with the advantage of high-ground.
To me it was obvious what he was talking about, but I am wondering if the jargon hasn't changed since I was in the service (prior to 1975).
I'm pretty sure we used to say "overlapping fields of fire"...
The area which a weapon or a group of weapons may cover effectively with fire from a given position. (US DoD)
"Overlapping" means to set up at least two defensive positions creating a "beaten zone" by establishing arcs of approximately 30 degrees which intersect. Squad Automatic Weapons [SAW] were normally assigned one to to a fire team, but if there was a second .30 cal. (7.62mm NATO) M-60, M14 or FN-FAL available, it would be possible to create "overlapping fields of fire" or whatever they call it now...in a pinch, M-16s would do.
Has the jargon changed, or was this an example of inter-service cross-interpretation something or other? Or is it just Hollywood stuff?