Accession Number : ADA325831

Title :   Air Force Core Competency: Global Attack, What It Means to Operational Commanders.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Fisher, Craig H.

PDF Url : ADA325831

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Changes in the global threat coupled with foreign and domestic pressures have resulted in a significant reductions in the force structure and forward bases. These reductions require operational CINCs to rely on forces from outside of their theater to meet their military requirements. Technological advancements and the correct application of air forces were combat tested during Operation DESERT STORM. Air power emerged from Operation DESERT STORM as a decisive force, finally able to meet the dreams of early air power advocates. To provide a true global attack capability, the USAF relies on fighter and bomber forces. The fighter forces are currently organized four ways to provide a CINC the correct combination of forces. Although the fighter wing is the primary fighting force of the USAF, it is not always flexible enough. The composite wing provides a 'canned' air force with all the required assets under a single commander to conduct air operations without relying on complex C2 to coordinate the effort. When a CINC needs a force possessing specific capabilities, the air expeditionary force is the method to provide a tailored force. Recent upgrades make the bomber force uniquely capable of conducting long range precision strikes within hours of notification. These assets will most likely be employed in combination or individually in one of three military responses: a show of force, selective air strike, or an intervention. The USAF core competency of Global Attack provides CINCS a rapid and decisive military force capable of deterring, delaying, and defeating an enemy force.

Descriptors :   *AIR POWER, *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), FORWARD AREAS, IRAQ, MILITARY FACILITIES, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, FOREIGN, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), THREATS, ATTACK, AIR STRIKES, PRESSURE, JET FIGHTERS, ENEMY, DOMESTIC, WINGS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, BOMBER AIRCRAFT, DREAMS, COMPOSITE WINGS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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