Accession Number : ADA314740

Title :   The Persian Gulf War: Military Doctrine and Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 95-Apr 96,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Loges, Marsha J.

PDF Url : ADA314740

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : This paper documents analysis of the effects of military doctrine and strategy in the Persian Gulf War. In particular, it focuses on United States Air Force (USAF) airpower doctrine and its contribution to the success of the Gulf Conflict. The study first examines the situation which led to Iraq's aggression in the Persian Gulf, and the U.S. and Coalition response. It considers the political objectives and strategies, military leadership and strengths, and other strategic factors which influenced the military strategies implemented by the opposing forces during the Gulf Conflict. It then focuses on an assessment of the successes and failures of the opposing forces, using the Principles of War as an analytical framework. The examination then explores the outcome of the Gulf Conflict and, based on the Iraqi and the U.S. performance and experiences of that war, draws lessons about forces, weapons, combat doctrine, and especially about the role of airpower. Analysis of all these factors supports the position that United States Air Force (USAF) Aerospace Doctrine played the dominant role in the warfighting strategy employed in the Persian Gulf War. A highly skilled, professional military force executed the well-planned air campaign with precision. Application of Army AirLand Battle Doctrine in the final phase of the conflict assured victory for the Coalition.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *PERSIAN GULF, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *CONFLICT, *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, *AIR LAND BATTLES, WEAPONS, IRAQ, POLITICAL SCIENCE, LESSONS LEARNED, LEADERSHIP, SKILLS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), RESPONSE, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, STRENGTH(GENERAL), AIR POWER.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE