Accession Number : ADA289000

Title :   Optimizing Attack Aviation Battle Command in Deep Operations.

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

Personal Author(s) : Simmons, J. M.

PDF Url : ADA289000

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The AH-64 (Apache) attack helicopter battalion has evolved into a preeminent participant in corps and division deep operations battlespace. Despite the new world order and the resultant downsizing of U.S. armed forces, the U.S. Army's AirLand Operations doctrine continues to recognize the importance of deep operations. Based on the outstanding attack helicopter performance during Operation Desert Storm, potential regional conflicts of the future, whether they be of the lesser or major variety, will likely see an increased emphasis on attack aviation's deep capabilities. This monograph examines battle command theory and doctrine as derived from both classical and contemporary theorists, and compares that doctrine with aviation's deep operation battle command theory and doctrine. An analysis of the physical, cybernetic, and moral domains of war revealed four common characteristics prevalent in an effective battle command system. Commanders must be forward at the decisive point, have absolute communications, collect and disseminate accurate and timely data, and integrate their supporting staff into the battle command process.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *TACTICAL ANALYSIS, *AIR LAND BATTLES, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, IRAQ, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, THEORY, AERONAUTICS, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), TIMELINESS, CYBERNETICS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE