Accession Number : ADA330028

Title :   The Future of NATO's Tactical Air Doctrine.

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Torrens, Linda E.

PDF Url : ADA330028

Report Date : AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This study analyzes the need for changes to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airpower doctrine to reflect current post-cold-war realities. NATO air doctrine does not yet reflect the actuality of today's operations, nor does it anticipate the probable future employment of NATO's airpower. Out-of-area operations and Partnership for Peace participation in NATO operations will have profound effects on combined doctrine, training, organizational structures, exercises, and employment of forces. NATO's tactical doctrine revision process served the alliance well during the cold war. But today, the international environment has drastically changed: Both the nature of the threat and the use of NATO airpower during conflict have changed. The current doctrinal revision process has proved too slow and cumbersome to provide adequate direction for air strategists during ongoing operations. There are many new doctrinal areas that must be thoroughly addressed so that NATO can chart a course for the future that in the end provides the best, most effective mix of forces.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *AERIAL WARFARE, *MILITARY TACTICS, *TACTICAL WARFARE, *AIR POWER, MILITARY DOCTRINE, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THESES, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, MILITARY TRAINING, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE