Supporting and Enabling: Air-Land Cross-Domain Lessons From Major Conflicts
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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Current and forthcoming US military concepts stress the need for integrating and synchronizing effects across all domains to achieve cross-domain synergy. This thesis examines three case studies to determine the effectiveness and means by which militaries synchronized airpower and land power during large-scale combat between peer competitors. Since the American and British experiences in World War II and Desert Storm are already well researched in US academia, research focused on Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II as well as the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. For each case study, the author presents the operational theory underpinning the studied militarys conduct, a background of the campaign, a conclusion regarding overall effectiveness, and a thorough discussion of the command and control mechanisms used. The final chapter puts forth six distinct lessons the US should consider when developing systems and perceptions for Multi-Domain or All-Domain Operations.
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