Accession Number : ADA255138


Title :   Close Air Support for the Future


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 1 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Bell, Steven E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a255138.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 123


Abstract : This thesis investigates the question: Will Close Air Support (CAS) in the year 2000 be as close as CAS today? Today's CAS is dependent upon the ground commander's perception of the situation, and focuses primarily on forces beyond the commander's direct fire weapons' range, but if the situation dictates, CAS is employed right next to his forces. The thesis discusses the possible effects doctrinal and technological changes will have on CAS employment. Doctrinal changes include: increased focus on Joint operations, smaller forces on a less linear battlefield, changing Air Force doctrine and force structure, changing Army doctrine. Technological changes include: fratricide reduction, digital communications, advanced navigation systems, target acquisition, weapons delivery improvements, and night fighting enhancements. These changes will take place while the Air Force is transitioning from the A-10 to the F-16 as the primary CAS aircraft. The conclusions are: (1) Doctrinally CAS will continue to be important. (2) Lighter, more maneuverable forces will require closer and more accurate CAS than today. (3) Technological advances will make closer and more accurate CAS available. (4) Less CAS will be employed, because fewer assets will be available, and the Joint Commander will focus most of his assets on higher payoff interdiction targets. Close air support, Fire support coordination line, Air interdiction, Battlefield air interdiction.


Descriptors :   *AIR LAND BATTLES , *COMBAT SUPPORT , *FIRE SUPPORT , ACQUISITION , AIR FORCE , AIRCRAFT , ARMY , BATTLEFIELDS , DELIVERY , DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , FRATRICIDE , INTERDICTION , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , LITERATURE SURVEYS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , NAVIGATION , OPERATION , PERCEPTION , REDUCTION , STRUCTURES , TARGET ACQUISITION , TARGETS , THESES , WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE