Accession Number : ADA292984

Title :   The Counterair Companion: A Short Guide to Air Superiority for Joint Force Commanders,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Holmes, James M.

PDF Url : ADA292984

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : The early proponents of air power believed that with control of the air, airmen would make surface operations impossible and irrelevant. In the years since they made these predictions, aircraft have gained capabilities far beyond those predicted by early advocates. However, airmen are still searching for a strategy that will guarantee the results their predecessors promised. Instead of replacing surface forces, air power has become their indispensable partner. Air power contributes to the security, mobility, and firepower of joint forces, but its primary contribution may be air superiority. For the last 40 years, United States military forces have maintained almost total control of the air. Air supremacy does not itself destroy or defeat the bulk of enemy forces, but it allows conditions in which joint military forces may do so by providing freedom of action and strategic flexibility. l role in American joint operations. (RWJ)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *AIR POWER, *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY STRATEGY, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), THEORY, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, AERIAL WARFARE, AIR SPACE, AIR STRIKES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, FIREPOWER, AIR FORCE PLANNING, AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTERS.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE