Accession Number : ADA289070

Title :   AirLand Battle Tactics: An Analysis of Doctrine and Experience.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Robinson, Charles W.

PDF Url : ADA289070

Report Date : 20 JAN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : This monograph examines whether US Army doctrine and US Air Force doctrine are compatible. In particular, this study assesses the current Air/Ground Operating System and the offensive air support it provides to U.S. Army corps commanders. The research covers Joint, Air Force, and Army doctrine. Problems which came to light as a result of Operation DESERT STORM are also considered. Finally, the Air Force and Army positions on effective air support to the ground force are compared. Ultimately, the monograph considers whether or not the system in place provides air support which allows the Army to conduct corps level actions characterized by depth, agility, synchronization, and initiative. The analysis of US Air Force doctrine shows that the service emphasized centralized control and decentralized execution. The study finds that the doctrine promotes maximum top-down planning with a focus on continuous operations which are directly controlled by the Joint Force Air Component Commander. The Air Force recommends executing interdiction as a single operation rather than allocating sorties as Battlefield Air Interdiction. The study does find that the air doctrine is supportive of Close Air Support.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *AIR LAND BATTLES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, CONTROL, AIR FORCE, IRAQ, ARMY PERSONNEL, CLOSE SUPPORT, INFANTRY, BATTLEFIELDS, INTERDICTION, AIRBORNE, PLANNING, AIR TO SURFACE, AIR STRIKES, MISSIONS, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, OPERATION, CENTRALIZED, ARMY, CONTINUITY, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY TACTICS, AIR POWER, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, DECENTRALIZATION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE