critical element

What is critical element?

critical element meaning in Military terminology / glossary / dictionary is:
1. An element of an entity or object that enables it to perform its primary function.
Source: JP 3-60

2. An element of a target, which if effectively engaged, will serve to support the achievement of an operational objective and/or mission task. Also called CE.
Source: JP 3-60


reference: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms