Accession Number : ADA300997

Title :   Thor's Hammer: An Aviation Strike Force in Deep Operational Maneuver.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Stockhausen, Rick

PDF Url : ADA300997

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The United States Army's vision of the conventional battlefield of the early 21st century is one characterized by increased lethality, greatly expanded dimensions, and significantly increased dispersion of units. It puts a premium on forces being able to attack simultaneously throughout the depth of this new battlespace. Forces must also be able to dominate the tempo of the battle, delivering lethal pulses of combat power that keep the enemy off balance and destroy the cohesion of his operations. Information technology promises to greatly enhance forces potential tempo of operations by improving the speed, accuracy, and reliability of battle command systems. Maneuver on the future battlefield, especially operational maneuver, will present new challenges. Maneuver forces as currently structured may not be capable of meeting the requirements of simultaneity and depth of action in the 21st century. This monograph explores one path to structuring units for effective maneuver on the future battlefield. Specifically, it examines the viability of an aviation strike force (ASF) in deep operational maneuver. The ASF is an air- and ground-based combined arms formation of roughly division size. To assess the potential of such a formation on the future battlefield, the monograph first explores the theoretical foundations of modem deep operational maneuver developed by Tukhachevskiy, Triandafillov, J.F.C. Fuller, and Guderian. It then examines the concepts developed by Simplun and Von Senger und Etterlin for employing rotary-wing aircraft in operational maneuver. Based on these theoretical reviews, an ASF structure is proposed, based on units and equipment likely to be available in the early 21st century.

Descriptors :   *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *STRIKE WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, UNITED STATES, DISPERSING, BATTLEFIELDS, THEORY, PATHS, ACCURACY, DEPTH, RELIABILITY, BALANCE, LETHALITY, ENEMY, MANEUVERS, POWER, EXPANSION, VISION, MODEMS, BATTLES, ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, COHESION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE