Accession Number:

AD1083733

Title:

Kaliningrad Trap - Reconciling Airpower Theory with Peer Competitors

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

77.0

Abstract:

This study analyzes the appropriateness of employing traditional airpower theory against Russia in the context of a Baltic conflict and offers that air planners must consider political context when attempting to control the vertical domain through active, offensive tactics. History demonstrates that airpower is primarily an offensive weapon. The results of this study show that if NATO and the US responded to a Russian invasion of the Baltics by applying traditional airpower theoriesspecifically by seeking control of the vertical by violently removing the Integrated Air Defense System IADS located in Kaliningradthis response would likely escalate the conflict. NATO air planners should understand that an air war against Russia will be different than the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, Desert Storm, and Allied Force. Air planners must pursue non-traditional IADS take-down methods to compel Russia to return to its borders without escalating the war.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE