Accession Number : ADA272884

Title :   Does the United States Air Force Need an Aggressor Force?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 3 Aug 92-4 Jun 93,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Fuerst, Nickie J.

Report Date : 04 JUN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : In view of the decision to close the last Aggressor squadron investigates the need to have an Aggressor force in the United States Air Force. The US originally formed the Aggressors after Project Red Baron identified deficiencies in pilot threat knowledge and basic air combat skills. This thesis reviews the history and development of the Aggressors, then examines current training to evaluate its effectiveness in providing pilots the necessary air combat skills. With the demise of the Aggressors, the Air Force must determine if current programs are adequate and if not what training methods must be instituted to prepare US pilots for the entire spectrum of aerial combat. This study recommends that the Aggressors should be reformed as the core unit to be the focal point of all efforts in the study, instruction, and emulation of potential enemy aircraft, weapons, and tactics in air-to-air combat. Aggressors, OPFOR, Air combat training.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, *SKILLS, *AIR FORCE TRAINING, AIR, AIR FORCE, AIR TO AIR, AIRCRAFT, CORES, DEFICIENCIES, ENEMY, HISTORY, INSTRUCTIONS, PILOTS, SQUADRONS, THESES, THREATS, TRAINING, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY, WARFARE, WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE