Accession Number:

ADA255138

Title:

Close Air Support for the Future

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 1 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-06-05

Pagination or Media Count:

123.0

Abstract:

This thesis investigates the question Will Close Air Support CAS in the year 2000 be as close as CAS today Todays CAS is dependent upon the ground commanders perception of the situation, and focuses primarily on forces beyond the commanders direct fire weapons range, but if the situation dictates, CAS is employed right next to his forces. The thesis discusses the possible effects doctrinal and technological changes will have on CAS employment. Doctrinal changes include increased focus on Joint operations, smaller forces on a less linear battlefield, changing Air Force doctrine and force structure, changing Army doctrine. Technological changes include fratricide reduction, digital communications, advanced navigation systems, target acquisition, weapons delivery improvements, and night fighting enhancements. These changes will take place while the Air Force is transitioning from the A-10 to the F-16 as the primary CAS aircraft. The conclusions are 1 Doctrinally CAS will continue to be important. 2 Lighter, more maneuverable forces will require closer and more accurate CAS than today. 3 Technological advances will make closer and more accurate CAS available. 4 Less CAS will be employed, because fewer assets will be available, and the Joint Commander will focus most of his assets on higher payoff interdiction targets. Close air support, Fire support coordination line, Air interdiction, Battlefield air interdiction.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE