Basic Encyclopedia (Military law) Law and Legal Definition

Basic encyclopedia is a compilation of identified installations and physical areas of potential significance as objectives for attack. This is inclusive of all installation lists and describes every identified installation with an active function or of valid interest to intelligence agencies, particularly to the operational and planning staffs of the Unified commands. This is also called BE. The BE contains basic data on the identification, location, and function of each installation. It may be used to select potential fixed targets for employment of ground, sea, or air weapons, or to identify installations to be withheld from attack.