KNOW THY TEAM, KNOW THY ENEMY: USING DECEPTION TEAMS TO ACHIEVE AIR SUPERIORITY
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Historically, the United States has been able to gain and maintain air superiority in wars with little opposition. Technological advancements and near-peer adversaries pose a greater threat than in the past, and the United States needs to explore various strategies to quickly counter these threats. Creating diversified, dedicated deception teams that operate from a consolidated location and begin operations well before war begins can be that solution. Two case studies demonstrate how the United States has successfully used deception and the importance of adequate time to implement deception plans. Lessons from Operation Bodyguard WWII Normandy invasion and Operation Desert Storm prove that deception, preconceived notions, and conditioning can coordinate across various domains to help secure air superiority. Deception teams will apply these lessons and create plans to alter enemies preconceptions about AF capabilities prior to a conflict and use them to deceive when the battle for the air begins. The team will consist of an intelligence officer, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses SEAD specialist, cyber specialist, social media specialist, and cultural expert. Examples of deception teams in action solidify the benefits of deception across domains and reinforce their need before a conflict begins. Integrating deception into peacetime operations will provide an advantage when fighting for air superiority, and the creation of deception teams is an essential first step of the process.
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