Accession Number : ADA296807

Title :   Carrier Based Close Air Support for Joint Expeditionary Forces.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Emanuel, Taylor C.

PDF Url : ADA296807

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 157

Abstract : This study examines whether current and future strategy, doctrine, and programmed systems are suitable to perform fire support and specifically, close air support (CAS) and close air support/troops-in-contact (CAS/TIC) missions for joint expeditionary warfare. Naval forces will provide the "enabling' power for this new come-as-you-are environment. To offset reductions in organic fire support, more frequent and sustained application of CAS and CAS/TIC will be required by joint expeditionary forces. To comparatively analyze selected CAS platforms, the study uses four air-to-ground measures of merit (MOM): (1) target detection/recognition; (2) lethality; (3) survivability; and (4) combat persistence. The results paint a bleak picture of current capability. Therefore, a Carrier-Based Gunship (CBG) concept is presented to fill this void. The concept is more important than the selection of one particular platform. For illustrative purposes, three CBG candidates were evaluated using AC- 130 gunship systems and employment as a guide coupled with the four MOM as the baseline. The CBG would be situated on a forward-deployed carrier, close enough to the objective area to provide sustained CAS/TIC support for joint expeditionary forces.

Descriptors :   *CLOSE SUPPORT, *TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, *CARRIER BASED AIRCRAFT, WARFARE, SURVIVABILITY, NAVY, TARGET RECOGNITION, REDUCTION, AIR TO SURFACE, PAINTS, LETHALITY, TARGET DETECTION, FIRE SUPPORT, PICTURES, GUNSHIPS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE