Accession Number : ADA475385


Title :   Basic and Operational Doctrine for Airpower in Irregular Warfare


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept. Jul 2006- May 2007


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Chavez, Jr , Robert M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a475385.pdf


Report Date : 24 May 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : The US Air Force, and the U.S. armed forces separate service air arms, have historically wrestled with how to apply air and space power to non-traditional forms of warfare, such as insurgency and counterinsurgency. The U.S. joint community's latest development of the warfare spectrum includes insurgency and counterinsurgency under the construct of irregular warfare, delineating it from traditional war, which is characterized by conventional, state-on-state major combat operations. This monograph asks the question: what is the best synthesis of ideas for creating a basic and operational irregular warfare airpower doctrine? The study establishes a set of criteria for evaluating irregular warfare airpower doctrine based on analytical studies by several prominent and recent small war airpower researchers and evaluates current and past irregular warfare airpower doctrine through this analytical lens. The inquiry concludes that through the short history of powered flight there have been numerous examples of viable irregular warfare airpower theory and doctrine, however, the current state of such doctrine is uneven, with the greatest deficiencies being at the basic and first-tier operational levels. These deficiencies include properly defining the full spectrum of conflict, providing a fundamental and operationalizing airpower theory incorporating irregular warfare, and specifying air and space power roles and capabilities with regard to counterinsurgency and support to counterinsurgency. The study provides recommendations for improvement in these areas with the intent of building USAF irregular warfare airpower doctrine in preparation for the refinement and development of complementary joint doctrine.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *AIR POWER , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , INSURGENCY , COUNTERINSURGENCY , CONFLICT , THEORY , MILITARY HISTORY


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Space Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE