Accession Number : ADA328909

Title :   Where to Draw the Line Between Air and Land Battle,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : New, Terry L.

PDF Url : ADA328909

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : Since the United States Army acquired its first Wright flyer, soldiers and airmen have disagreed about the best use for airpower and who should control it. Former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Merrill A. McPeak has suggested a division of battlespace where air component commanders would have responsibility for deep and high battles, while land component commanders would have responsibility for close and rear battles. The contention is over the seam between the Air Force missions of interdiction and close air support. With modification, the Fire Support Coordination Line (FSCL) is an appropriate restrictive control measure to divide component responsibilities for the deep and close battles. Shared air and land component responsibility for designating the FSCL and mutual trust between Services are necessary for future joint operations.

Descriptors :   *TACTICAL ANALYSIS, *AIR POWER, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), INTERDICTION, SHARING, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, LAND AREAS, AIR LAND BATTLES, COMBAT AREAS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE