Accession Number : ADA314303

Title :   Operational Level Interdiction: Joint or Dis-Jointed Operations?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Fowles, David C.

PDF Url : ADA314303

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : Successfull interdiction operations are critical to the achievement of the Joint Force Commander's operational objectives and can significantly affect the outcome of war. Joint Pub 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, defines interdiction as an action that diverts, disrupts, delays, or destroys the enemy's surface military potential before it can be used effectively against friendly forces. Joint Pub 3-0 also states that when interdiction is synchronized with maneuver, it 'provides one of the most dynamic concepts available to the joint force. ' Joint interdiction, due to its significant impact upon the outcome of theater operations, its inherently joint nature at the operational level of war, and its challenging coordination requirements, is the focus of this monograph. Many elements of the joint force can conduct interdiction operations. Joint Pub 3-03, Doctrine for Joint Interdiction Operations, states that 'all subordinate commanders possess resources that can contribute to interdiction. The capabilities of all joint forces.. must be considered in planning and conducting interdiction. Although all forces can contribute to the interdiction effort, Joint Pub 3-0 clearly establishes the joint force air component commander (JFACC) as 'the supported commander for the JFC's overall interdiction effort.' The purpose then of this examination is to provide some answers to the research question: How can the U.S. Army support the JFACC in his role as the supported commander for the JFC's overall interdiction effort? The methodology used to address the research question will consist of two parts. The first part will examine joint interdiction during the (Gulf War and how well Army capabilities were integrated into the interdiction effort of that war.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *INTERDICTION, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, WARFARE, AIR FORCE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, COMPARISON, AIRBORNE, MANEUVERS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, ARMY, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE