Accession Number : ADA294346

Title :   The CAS Distribution Process. Should the Corps Commander have Direct Command of USAF Assets?

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

Personal Author(s) : Schamburg, Gary R.

PDF Url : ADA294346

Report Date : 15 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This monograph examines the a question: Should the CAS distribution process, as practiced under the ATO system be modified to task organize distributed USAF assets into the corps organization for a definite period of time or task? It proposes a doctrinal shift in the use of airpower to support corps operations. This monograph explains the current and proposed CAS distribution systems. Section One defines the Air Force and Army doctrine for apportioning air assets, and explains the doctrinal CAS distribution processes for corps-level operations. Section Two evaluates the current CAS distribution system. It begins with an analysis of CAS during the Gulf War, and then evaluates the CAS system with three of the Army doctrinal tenets as criteria: namely, agility, synchronization, and initiative. The analysis concludes with a review of the Marine Corps TACAIR philosophy and organization. Section Three proposes a doctrinal modification that task organizes Air Force units directly to the corps. Section Four analyzes this modified system based on Air Force, Army and Marine doctrine. This section uses the same factors from Section Two to appraise the modified CAS system. Finally, the monograph concludes by resolving the initial question.

Descriptors :   *WARFARE, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *AIR POWER, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, DECISION MAKING, MODIFICATION, TIME, ARMY, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, CORPS LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Aircraft Operations
      Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE