Accession Number : ADA284548

Title :   Adequacy of U.S. Army Attack Helicopter Doctrine to Support the Scope of Attack Helicopter Operations in a Multi-Polar World

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 1993-3 Jun 1994

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

Personal Author(s) : Mazarella, Mark N.

PDF Url : ADA284548

Report Date : 03 JUN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : This study examines current U.S. Army attack helicopter doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures (DTTP) to determine their adequacy in supporting the full range of attack helicopter employment in the multi-polar environment of the New World Order (NWO). Using the Attack Helicopter Battalion (ATKHB) as the basis, this study determines those missions U.S. Army attack helicopter units will likely perform in carrying out Army operations doctrine, as well as the doctrinal qualities that would facilitate effective and efficient employment of the ATKHB in executing NWO mission requirements. This study concludes that present U.S. Army attack helicopter DTTP only marginally meets the requirements for employment in support of the full range of Army operations doctrine. This conclusion is based on a lack of versatility and flexibility within current doctrine and on the lack of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and evaluative criteria to fulfill doctrinal employment. These shortcomings are attributed to a highly centralized command and control system, an almost exclusive focus on the employment of the ATKHB in a maneuver role in a mid-to-high intensity armor-rich environment, and a comparatively narrow focus on TTPs and mission training at the execution level.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *COMBAT SUPPORT, *MILITARY TACTICS, REQUIREMENTS, ARMOR, CONTROL SYSTEMS, HELICOPTERS, MISSIONS, HIGH INTENSITY, ARMY OPERATIONS, ARMY, CENTRALIZED, MANEUVERS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ATTACK, ENVIRONMENTS, EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE