Accession Number:

ADA285285

Title:

Ground Maneuver and Air Interdiction: A Matter of Mutual Support at the Operational Level of War

Descriptive Note:

Thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

Warfare is an ever evolving mixture of combinations attack and defense, symmetry and asymmetry, maneuver and firepower, mass and economy of force, etc. True operational art manifests itself when the right balance of these combinations is applied to war fighting. This paper analyzes one such combination ground maneuver and air interdiction. Indeed, this is a treatise on the synchronization of land power and air power, and how these two vital elements can better contribute to a successful operational campaign. The fundamental thesis is that the Joint Force Commander JFC must do more than merely balance this combination as separate entities, he must employ them as co- equals in mutually complementary operations. The synergistic relationship between ground maneuver and air interdiction is explored and supporting historical precedents discussed. Next, Army, Air Force and joint doctrine is analyzed to determine the prevailing views on the subject. Finally, the author makes recommendations which enhance the orchestration of ground maneuver and air interdiction in achieving the JFCs objectives.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE