Forward Air Controller (Airborne): Training to Win Large Scale Combat Operations
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
US Army School of Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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The current doctrinal focus on Large Scale Combat Operations versus peer adversaries has reinvigorated investment into joint air-ground integration. Forward Air Controllers Airborne have historically enhanced air-ground integration via Close Air Support in Large Scale Combat Operations. The recently-activated 24 Tactical Air Support Squadron has a unique mission as the only Forward Air Controller Airborne centralized training unit in the Air Force. This monograph explores the history of Forward Air Controllers during selected large-scale conflicts, the trajectory of peacetime CAS-focused training and Close Air Support culture, and how the 24 Tactical Air Support Squadron can contribute to a healthy joint Close Air Support culture through training, integration, and education.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Forces and Organizations