Accession Number : ADA314159

Title :   Systems for an Interservice Exercise Measurement and Feedback System: List of Doctrinally Based Tasks for the Close Air Support System.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. 17 Jul 92-16 Oct 94,

Corporate Author : BDM FEDERAL INC SEASIDE CA

Personal Author(s) : Root, James T. ; Creen, Michael J.

PDF Url : ADA314159

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : Two primary sources were identified to assist in determining critical synchronizing aspects: Doctrinal literature and staff cadre from a variety of Army and Air Force commands and schools. The critical synchronizing aspects of Close Air Support were defined to be critical battle tasks that must be performed to synchronize Close Air Support with other assets and actions on the battlefield. An independent list of critical battle tasks were derived from each source and then collated to form a master list. This master list will be used as the foundation for further interviews and analysis of Close Air Support (CAS) operational, or experience based, aspects. At the tactical level the less than effective use of Close Air Support appears to arise from conflicting priorities, uncoordinated planning cycles, and ad hoc targeting. Conflicting priorities are capable of resolution if understood by all components and addressed early in the planning process. Uncoordinated planning cycles may be ameliorated by a more decentralized air command and control. Issues that degrade the utility of CAS will continue to be explored and developed.

Descriptors :   *MEASUREMENT, *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *FEEDBACK, *TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, CYCLES, PLANNING, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, TARGETING, BATTLES, DECENTRALIZATION.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE