Buggies and motorbikes still have their roles. As stated in the OP, economy of force. Also, both provide high recon values.
However, as you wrote, for battles (multiple engagements), you need full combat forces as supporting efforts as well.
Per above, the general security role is to provide a force being protected with time and maneuver space to react, while also detecting and providing information about the enemy. Deny the enemy direct contact with and fires against your main forces--except at a time and in a place you choose. Take a position of advantage over the enemy.
Protection in layers, from from inside out...
A guard force--combat forces that do not operate independently, subordinate units or formation auxiliaries, etc.
A covering force--independent forces to protect your main body from direct fire; within the game this is a block and defensive role; expect losses, but more economical than using the mass of your main body
A screening force--primarily provides early warning to the protected force; detect and observe, but avoid decisive engagements
In the above image, my main force is taking the prize, because it did not have to wait and give the initiative to the other major regime. Less valuable units are performing security to protect it and its lines of communication.
I didn't sweep from east to west. I started south and used the mountains as a natural obstacle. I then pushed north through the AO so that the enemy could not use the terrain (heavy forest--on my flanks) to slow my progress. All the while, I was trapping the non-aligned forces in the northeast in the open. Hammer to anvil to finish them off as well.
I sent the guard force, a MG brigade combat team, to the west to stop the non-aligned forces pushing west to east through those corridors between bodies of water. You can see them spread wide on line. They destroyed some dinosaurs and militia, but are most importantly denying entry to the AO.
Finally, the supporting attack, a faster mechanized brigade, in the northwest is pushing the non-aligned forces out the forests, while my covering forces in the east trap them in the pocket.
The screening units along the east of the image are protecting my core zones.
Spies are very important--they are like IMINT.
< Message edited by Malevolence -- 6/18/2020 8:23:10 AM >
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