Accession Number : ADA312089

Title :   Fire and Thunder: Shaping the Battlespace with Operational Fires.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Waller, Thomas G., Jr

PDF Url : ADA312089

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : In the last twenty years America has adopted a more maneuver-oriented style of warfare that emphasizes joint operations. In a conventional, regional conflict, it is imperative that U.S. forces have the capability to apply joint firepower at the operational level of war to attain operational and strategic objectives. With smaller forces, the U.S. will have to apply decisive force with maximum efficiency and minimum expenditure of resources. Unfortunately, the armed services of the United States lack a truly joint perspective on how to apply joint firepower at the operational level of war. The success of Operation Desert Storm masked the weakness of American jointness. In reality, joint doctrine was extremely fragile in 1991, and crumbled under the pressures of war. Varying service perspectives on how to fight with fires survived the war and threaten to carry a lack of trust and true jointness into the next war. This paper concludes with some implications of this lack of jointness, and offers some recommendations on doctrinal changes that could help form a more truly joint perspective on shaping the battlespace with operational fires.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *FIREPOWER, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, IRAQ, UNITED STATES, LESSONS LEARNED, BATTLEFIELDS, INTERDICTION, ATTRITION, EFFICIENCY, AERIAL WARFARE, CONFLICT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE