Accession Number : ADA293335

Title :   The Falklands Air War. Lessons Revisited.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Huber, Jeffry L.

PDF Url : ADA293335

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The Falklands conflict illustrates relevance of the tenets of operational art to the air superiority mission. This analysis will examine the physical, planning and decision making factors that led the belligerents to a pitched air power contest that continued until the last day of the conflict. Theater geography challenged the limits of both side air forces. The British had structured their military to honor NATO commitments within the European sphere and contribute to stability in the Persian Gulf. Argentina had designed its air force with potential conflicts against South American neighbors in mind. The ad hoc application of forces to an operation for which they were not designed was the key element of the conflict. Inability of either side to establish early, decisive control of the air resulted in a war of attrition that proved costly to both. (AN)

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NATO, EUROPE, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, LESSONS LEARNED, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), PERSIAN GULF, INTEROPERABILITY, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, AERIAL WARFARE, MISSIONS, CONFLICT, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, MILITARY PLANNING, GREAT BRITAIN, ARGENTINA, BALANCE OF POWER, AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTERS, FALKLAND ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE