Accession Number : ADA190839

Title :   The Air Dimension and the Heavy Division: The Utility of an Organic Light Infantry Air Assault Battalion in the Heavy Division,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Sikes, James E

PDF Url : ADA190839

Report Date : 21 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 77

Abstract : This monograph discusses the question, does the heavy division require an organic light force battalion to capitalize on the vertical or air dimension of the battlefield? The conclusions are that the air dimension is the critical third tier of mobility, that the heavy division cannot adequately fight in this realm, and thus a dedicated, specialized force is required for air assault operations in the heavy division. The operational environment of conflict in Europe will find an enemy force seeking a quick win that results from disrupting NATO command and control. Intense, high tempo combat will place a premium on decentralized execution of difficult missions capitalizing on speed, mobility, flexibility and agility. The nature of conflict, the restrictions of terrain and the increased range and lethality of weapons make traditional ground maneuver extremely difficult thus forcing combat in the air dimension. Air maneuver is the use of air assault infantry, attack and assault helicopters, intelligence, air defense assets and artillery to gain relative mobility and firepower advantages over the enemy. Since air maneuver is free of the restrictions of terrain, it provides the agility, flexibility, and firepower needed to react to abrupt changes in the situation when time is critical.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY, AIR DEFENSE, ARTILLERY, ATTACK HELICOPTERS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BATTLEFIELDS, CONFLICT, DECENTRALIZATION, ENEMY, EUROPE, FIREPOWER, GROUND LEVEL, MANEUVERS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY OPERATIONS, MOBILITY, NATO, TERRAIN, WEAPONS, AIR, AIR DEFENSE, AIR STRIKES, ARTILLERY, ATTACK HELICOPTERS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BATTLEFIELDS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, CONFLICT, DECENTRALIZATION, ENEMY, EUROPE, FIREPOWER, GAIN, GROUND LEVEL, INFANTRY, LETHALITY, MANEUVERS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY OPERATIONS, MOBILITY, NATO, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), TERRAIN, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE