Accession Number : ADA294122

Title :   Air Support For the Division Deep Battle: Doctrinal Disconnect.

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

Personal Author(s) : Grymes, Robert D.

PDF Url : ADA294122

Report Date : 31 JAN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This monograph discusses the linkage between air support and the division deep battle from 1982-1994. In 1982, the Army introduced battlefield air interdiction (BAI) as an important asset for the corps and division deep battle. After the Army published the 1986 version of FM 100-5, operational level commanders assumed more control over BAI. Consequently, the division rarely received fixed wing air support for its deep battle. The Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) in Operation Desert Storm eliminated BAI and established only two categories of air support: close air support (CAS) and air interdiction (AI). Following the Gulf War, service and joint doctrine have abandoned the air support system that worked in the Gulf War and have reverted to the pre-war system without BAI. The conclusions and recommendations fall into two categories: AI and CAS. First, AI was controlled by operational commanders to attack operational targets. The operational commander exercises complete authority over AI within his battlespace. Given the success of AI during Operation Desert Storm, AI doctrine works well now. However, the Army's doctrine relies too heavily on AI for the division deep battle. Consequently, Army division doctrine requires revision. (RWJ)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *AIR STRIKES, WARFARE, IRAQ, ARMY TRAINING, BATTLEFIELDS, INTERDICTION, THEORY, TARGETS, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, ATTACK AIRCRAFT, TARGETING, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, BATTLES, AIR LAND BATTLES, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE