Accession Number : ADA299307

Title :   The Role of the Attack Helicopter in Operations Other Than War.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Hansen, John T.

PDF Url : ADA299307

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 132

Abstract : This thesis is a study of a tactical combat system. It examines the capabilities of the attack helicopter to determine the suitability of its employment in operations other than war (OOTW). Suitability is established based upon those attack helicopter capabilities most applicable to OOTW. They include mobility, agility, and firepower. Additionally, the attack helicopter possesses a less tangible capability manifest in its effect on the psyche of both sides of the OOTW conflict. Further explanation of this psychological effect resides within this thesis. This thesis draws several conclusions. First, there is no prescriptive solution with which to determine the need for attack helicopters in a particular operation other than war. Second, in assessing attack helicopter suitability, the commander's analysis of the environment must encompass a "political" analysis which spans the three levels of conflict (tactical, operational, and strategic) tailored in terms of the OQTW environment. Third, while exercising restraint, commander's can employ the firepower capabilities of the attack helicopter in collateral-damage sensitive operations. Fourth, no other tactical combat system combines its capabilities to address the OQTW scenario with the level of synergy as does the attack helicopter. Finally, combat crew training in weapons employment techniques, and research and development of munitions can facilitate the suitable application of the attack helicopter in the QOTW environment.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *MOBILITY, WEAPONS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, FLIGHT CREWS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, THESES, AMMUNITION, CONFLICT, MILITARY TRAINING, MILITARY COMMANDERS, PSYCHOLOGY, TACTICAL WARFARE, FIREPOWER, COMBAT FORCES.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE