What do we do now? Air Power use after Gaining Air Superiority
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph discusses potential missions for air power once air superiority has been gained in a theater of operations. Options for this usage include interdiction and close air support. These options are analyzed with respect to three types of theaters of operations, mature, immature and primitive. The monograph uses historical examples from each type of theater in which one side enjoyed air superiority. The paper then analyzes whether air power-was used for interdiction or close air support. The interdiction option is further subdivided into target systems that were attacked in each theater. A comparison is then made between actual and desired results and the costs involved in choosing that option. Finally, a hypothetical best use of air power in each theater is determined. Additionally, the target system with the highest payoff within that theater is also noted.
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