Accession Number : ADA192425

Title :   Initiative-25 and the Need for Terminal Airstrike Control at the Company Level.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Boggs, John A

PDF Url : ADA192425

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Close air support (CAS) is critical to the Army company commander. Terminal airstrike control of CAS assets is currently an Air Force responsibility. Initiative-25 tasked the Air Force and Army to review this command and control system. The study reviews the problem areas that evolved from initiative-25 and evaluates the possibility of using USAF enlisted personnel and indigenous Army personnel to control CAS on a routine basis. The study concludes that the USAF enlisted Tactical Air Command and Control Specialist and the Army Fire Support Team personnel are capable of terminal strike control at the company level. The study further concludes that parochial attitudes must be eliminated and that command and control of air assets should become a joint Air Force/Army responsibility at echelons below battalion.

Descriptors :   *AIR STRIKES, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *TACTICAL AIR COMMAND, COMPANY LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ARMY PERSONNEL, MILITARY COMMANDERS, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, SPECIALISTS, FIRE SUPPORT, TEAMS(PERSONNEL)

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE