Accession Number : ADA195300

Title :   The Effects of Airpower on the Offensive Culminating Point,

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

Personal Author(s) : Fulbright, Barry D

PDF Url : ADA195300

Report Date : 25 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : This monograph discusses ways in which airpower can be most effectively applied to hasten or delay the offensive culminating point. Airpower can be used to strengthen friendly combat power, delaying the arrival of the culminating point, or used to hasten the arrival of the enemy's culminating point by weakening his combat power. The monograph first studies historical examples to derive lessons learned which might be applicable today. Next, current Soviet doctrine for offensive operations is examined to determine strengths and weaknesses which airpower can exploit. Finally, historical lessons are compared to Soviet doctrine and current systems to determine the most productive methods for employing airpower against the offensive culminating point. Recent emphasis on sophisticated armor-killing weapon systems provide effective means to delay and disrupt Soviet forces but expensive and available in limited numbers.

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE, *AIR DEFENSE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DOCUMENTS, LOGISTICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY OPERATIONS, USSR, TACTICAL WARFARE

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE