Accession Number : ADA288983

Title :   Heavy Bombers in the Close Air Support Mission: Has Their Time Come Again?

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Rodgers, Douglas C.

PDF Url : ADA288983

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : This monograph discusses the question of whether or not the USAF should consider using heavy bombers in the Close Air Support (CAS) mission. To answer this question, the monograph develops a bomber CAS concept of operations. The validity of this concept has particular relevance in light of the on-going downsizing of the Department of Defense and the acceptance of a Win-Near Simultaneous Win national military strategy. This paper presents current day CAS doctrine at both the tactical and theater level. Following this, a brief review of the British World War II CAS experiences in North Africa provides a historical perspective. From the doctrine and history, four evaluation criteria are selected which are used to analyze the proposed bomber CAS concept of operations. The monograph concludes that USAF planners should consider bomber CAS as a potential combat multiplier. Successful implementation of this concept depends on two key areas, the development of precision standoff weapons and their subsequent employment on the bombers. The study further concludes that battlefield control is the greatest impediment to successful implementation. Planners must, therefore, emphasize the effective integration of bomber CAS assets into a theater air support system, both doctrinally and procedurally.

Descriptors :   *CLOSE SUPPORT, *AERIAL WARFARE, *BOMBER AIRCRAFT, TEST AND EVALUATION, WEAPONS, CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, GLOBAL, MILITARY STRATEGY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, STANDOFF, STRATEGY, EMPLOYMENT, BATTLEFIELDS, AIRBORNE, LIGHT, INTEGRATION, MISSIONS, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, PRECISION, HISTORY, DAY, GREAT BRITAIN, NORTH AFRICA.

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE