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The Evolution of Air-Sea Battle: How Army Attack/Reconnaissance Aviation Fits into the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons

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Naval War College Newport, United States

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The evolution of the Air-Sea Battle concept into the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons JAM-GC provides an opportunity for Joint planners to apply new and creative concepts for achieving cross-domain synergy against the Anti-AccessArea Denial A2AD challenge. An important part of this evolution is incorporating the U.S. Army into the concept to provide the Joint Force with additional options and capabilities while at the same time adding complexity to the dilemmas faced by the enemy. This paper specifically analyzes how Army AttackReconnaissance Aviation can support the Joint Force in the JAM-GC. The Peoples Republic of Chinas A2AD strategy was used to analyze the employment options and feasibility of Army AttackReconnaissance Aviation operations against a near-peer, complex threat. This analysis provides examples, insights, and frameworks for the employment of Army AttackReconnaissance Aviation and its inclusion in the broad JAM-GC. These will need to be further scaled and refined by operational planners to meet the demands of an evolving and wide-ranging threat and operating environment. This paper also addresses some of the risks associated with Army AttackReconnaissance Aviation employment and provides recommendations for Joint and Army planners to further integrate Army Aviation into JAM-GC to achieve better cross-domain synergy.

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