Airspace Coordination - Who Needs It
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The theme is based upon the Armys need to coordinate airspace. Data were gathered using a literature search. The Airspace above the combat zone is used by all services and by all combat branches within the Army. History indicates control of the airspace became a problem during World War I. Between World War I and World War II new concepts for integration of air into the land battle scheme were developed. Korea brought new innovations and produced combat experience in the helicopter for the Army. The Vietnam War produced the concept of Airmobility that futher increased airspace control problems. There is no current agreement on joint use of the airspace. Doctrine provides for an Airspace Coordination Element ACE that, currently, is not authorized on most TOEs. The ACE, although a workable solution, is restricted by being only a planning and management facility with limited capability. Air Defense Artillery has recommended consolidation of selected equipment with aviation to help solve the airspace problem.
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