Accession Number : ADA518979

Title :   Global Strike Task Force: A Transforming Concept, Forged by Experience

Descriptive Note : Journal article

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Jumper, John P.

PDF Url : ADA518979

Report Date : 2001

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Reviewing recent history and anticipating future needs, General Jumper calls for action to capitalize on technology with new operational concepts and a new organizational tool to fight more effectively in the future. Specifically, with the F-22, B-2, and a constellation of access-granting platforms, the Global Strike Task Force (GSTF) promises to complement the Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) to create dominant, immediate, and sustained aerospace power. Our experience in conflicts over the past decade has revealed the changing nature of warfare. The reliance on coalitions and allies, stringent ROE, concern about casualties, need for sustained air operations, and access issues are a few of the factors that now shape the application of American military power. Sophisticated new weapons available to our potential enemies further complicate our task. The GSTF operationalizes many of the lessons learned in combat in the 1990s. Decades ago the Luftwaffe demonstrated to the world the cost of failing to honor change. The GSTF provides the nation a new capability -- one that maximizes current systems and technologies and leverages their potential through innovative CONOPS. In sum, GSTF is a rapid-reaction, leading-edge, power projection concept that will deliver massive around-the-clock firepower. It will mass effects early, from longer ranges, and with more precision than our current capabilities and methods of employment; it will give adversaries pause to quit and virtually guarantee air dominance for our CINCs. In sum, GSTF is an elegant and effective near-term solution to meet the challenges facing America.

Descriptors :   *FIREPOWER, *AIR POWER, *AIR STRIKES, *TASK FORCES, *LESSONS LEARNED, *MILITARY HISTORY, KOSOVO, PERSIAN GULF WAR, DRONES, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA, TRANSFORMATIONS, GUIDED WEAPONS, STRIKE WARFARE, REPRINTS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE