Should the U.S. Army's Airland Battle Doctrine Be Acceptable to NATO?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI ADVANCED RESEARCH PROGRAM
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AirLand Battle doctrines acceptability in NATO is assessed. In doing so, the doctrine is examined in regard to three elements NATO doctrine, the Alliances other national tactical doctrines and Allied Command Europes Follow-On Forces Attack. AirLand Battle doctrine, as presented in the Armys FM 100-5, was compared with NATO doctrine, as presented in ATP 35A. The comparison indicates general consistency between the doctrines. A review of the national tactical doctrines espoused within the Alliance indicates NATO permits significant variance. Further, most of these doctrines recognize that successful defense requires some depth and emphasize the importance of offensively - oriented reserve forces. These factors are two of the AirLand Battle doctrines basic elements. Finally, a review of AirLand Battle doctrines approach to the employment of air is compared with FOFAs approach. Clearly, the two approaches will compete for assets, but this does not render them incompatible. Rather, commanders employing AirLand Battle doctrine in NATO will have to direct available air sorties against the most significant targets in priority. It is concluded, then, that AirLand Battle doctrine should be acceptable to both NATO commanders and to our NATO allies. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics