Coalition Targeting for Operational Fires: A Hit or a Miss?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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Future conflicts are mast likely to be fought by a multinational force operating as a coalition. One of the critical factors the lead nation or coalition commander must deal with is maintaining coalition cohesion. The employment of operational fires is a key element to the success of nearly every campaign plan. The perception by coalition members that they are not being supported by the operational fires plan could lead to a fracture in the coalition. How can coalition members make inputs to the Joint Targeting List and how does the commander ensure that they receive the operational fires support they require An analysis of the targeting process for operational fires in operation OVERLORD, the Korean War and Operation DESERT STORM will provide a basis to look at current joint doctrine and determine if a method exists to include multinational input into the targeting process.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics