Accession Number : ADA328156

Title :   Revisiting the Army and Close Air Support: Disjointed Doctrine or Difference in Semantics?

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Kowalczyk, R. C.

PDF Url : ADA328156

Report Date : NOV 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : In February 1993 review of Service Roles and Missions, Chairman Powell concluded that each Service Component has the ability to perform Close Air Support (CAS). Traditionally, this mission has been assigned to the Air Force. The Army, however, maintains a large fleet of attack helicopters that it uses for maneuver; and reconnaissance and security, in its attack helicopter battalions and air cavalry squadrons. Accordingly, the Army does not perform CAS. Employment of these organic attack assets as all Services reflect their unique organization, missions and capabilities. In this framework, the Joint doctrine is disjointed and dysfunctional.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, AIR FORCE, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, AIRBORNE, MISSIONS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, ARMY, ARMY AVIATION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE