Accession Number : ADA483634

Title :   CV or Not to Be? Alternatives to U.S. Sea-Based Air Power

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Cruz, Yniol A.

PDF Url : ADA483634

Report Date : JUN 2008

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : The thesis focuses on aircraft carriers and identifying an appropriate path towards the future of U.S. sea-based air power by studying historical cases of air power integration into the war fighting capabilities of the fleet. It analyzes current utilization and effectiveness of the aircraft carrier, given its operational requirements with respect to identified threats as described in security and strategy statements. It can be agreed upon that the U.S. Navy requires air cover; but whether air cover should be sea-based in the form of super carriers, jeep carriers, VTOL/STOVL aircraft on many vessels, or even land-based USAF protection in littoral settings, is the question this thesis investigates. Proponents of U.S. super carriers suggest no other single asset in the U.S. military arsenal can bring as much concentrated striking power to U.S. decisionmakers' ability to respond to crises nearly anywhere in the world. Despite this, a fundamental question arises: What does the future hold for sea-based air power? Aircraft carriers are among the military's costliest assets. With defense budgets under close scrutiny, policymakers are under growing pressure to fully exploit military assets and to minimize the prospects that assets may be underutilized.

Descriptors :   *AIR POWER, *SEA BASED, MILITARY FACILITIES, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, EMERGENCIES, DECISION MAKING, THESES, INTEGRATION, HISTORY, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, ORDNANCE, UTILIZATION, MILITARY BUDGETS, LAND AREAS, VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, WARFARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE