Picard maneuver

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The Picard Maneuver was not widely used in the Dominion War, possibly because it is more advantageous to divert warp power to shields and approach heavily shielded. In TNG "Hero Worship" Geordi diverted fusion power to the shields, resulting in a doubling in shield strength.
 
The Picard Maneuver was not widely used in the Dominion War, possibly because it is more advantageous to divert warp power to shields and approach heavily shielded. In TNG "Hero Worship" Geordi diverted fusion power to the shields, resulting in a doubling in shield strength.
  
Additionally, more accurate faster-than-light sensors could have rendered the Picard Maneuver obsolete. An obvious countermeasure to the Picard Maneuver is to fire at both the image and the true ship.
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Additionally, more accurate faster-than-light sensors could have rendered the Picard Maneuver obsolete. An obvious countermeasure to the Picard Maneuver is to fire at both the image and the true ship. The small number of total weapons on Federation ships does place limits on this possibility.
  
 
Picard himself rarely used the tactic in combat, possibly because he was aware of these pitfalls. The Picard Maneuver appears to rely on a tactical officer's inexperience in combat and slow human reflexes. A competent tactical officer could program his console to fire at the final position of a starship, rather than the image, and additionally could program his console to fire at an approaching enemy vessel without input. Such possible pre-programmed responses are evident in TNG "The Wounded" when the Enterprise-D raises its shields automatically to a sneak Cardassian attack, or [[Star Trek V: The Final Frontier|''The Final Frontier'']] where the Enterprise-A detected an incoming Bird of Prey but was not programmed to automatically raise its shields.
 
Picard himself rarely used the tactic in combat, possibly because he was aware of these pitfalls. The Picard Maneuver appears to rely on a tactical officer's inexperience in combat and slow human reflexes. A competent tactical officer could program his console to fire at the final position of a starship, rather than the image, and additionally could program his console to fire at an approaching enemy vessel without input. Such possible pre-programmed responses are evident in TNG "The Wounded" when the Enterprise-D raises its shields automatically to a sneak Cardassian attack, or [[Star Trek V: The Final Frontier|''The Final Frontier'']] where the Enterprise-A detected an incoming Bird of Prey but was not programmed to automatically raise its shields.

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