Close Air Support: A Case of Joint Operational Capability or Joint Rhetoric
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the joint operational capability of Close Air Support CAS. The analysis focuses on AirLand Operations of a theater campaign. Until recently, CAS has been hindered by misperceptions, doubts concerning commitment to the mission, and unfulfilled expectations. Refined doctrines, unity of command and effort, synchronized direction, and interoperability initiatives have made CAS a more effective joint operation. CAS presents the operational level commander with unique options. Limitations have been recognized and continue to be minimized. Technological advances and improvements in communication systems have improved CAS as a joint operation. CAS must continue to be emphasized at the operational level of command in joint exercises and formal evaluations. A cadre of CAS trained joint personnel should be developed to enhance future CAS operations. Technology and commitment are the keys to the future.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems