Accession Number : ADA195627

Title :   Air Maneuver: A Competitive Strategy Now for the Operational Level Fight.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Burke, Charles M ; Pulliam, Michael J

PDF Url : ADA195627

Report Date : 30 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : Every year the Soviet Union modernizes a conventional force the size of the active heavy U.S. ground forces. The USSR and the Warsaw Pact outnumber NATO in conventional forces better than three to one. In 1987, Secretary of Defense Weinberger initiated studies in Competitive Strategies - strategies designed to leverage enduring U.S. strengths against inherent Soviet weaknesses - to enhance deterrence and security of U.S. and NATO conventional forces. To date, the strategies have focused on emerging technologists, most of which are five to ten years from being fielded. It is important for the U.S. to maintain its technological edge, but we must not overlook current technologies, organizations, and capabilities. The concept of AIR MANEUVER is just such a capability. SInce the early sixties, the U.S. has led the world in helicopter and Airmobile employment, mostly to enhance ground paced maneuver. A General von Senger writes, the world stands on the threshold of the third tier of mobility - that of the combat air vehicle oriented towards setting high tempo maneuver in the air. The ability to develop high tempo maneuver to operational depths exists in most Army Corps' today, but has yet to be exploited. This paper aims to explore the concept of air maneuver as a competitive strategy aimed at enhancing the operational level fight with high potential for payoff now. Keywords: Airland battle doctrine. (kr)

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT MANEUVERS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, ARMY, COMBAT VEHICLES, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, GLOBAL, HELICOPTERS, INFANTRY, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), NATO, USSR, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES, STRATEGY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, AIR, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, ARMY, COMBAT VEHICLES, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, DEPTH, EDGES, EMPLOYMENT, GLOBAL, HELICOPTERS, INFANTRY, MANEUVERS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), NATO, STRATEGY, USSR, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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