The Future of NATO's Tactical Air Doctrine.
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES
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This study analyzes the need for changes to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO airpower doctrine to reflect current post-cold-war realities. NATO air doctrine does not yet reflect the actuality of todays operations, nor does it anticipate the probable future employment of NATOs airpower. Out-of-area operations and Partnership for Peace participation in NATO operations will have profound effects on combined doctrine, training, organizational structures, exercises, and employment of forces. NATOs tactical doctrine revision process served the alliance well during the cold war. But today, the international environment has drastically changed Both the nature of the threat and the use of NATO airpower during conflict have changed. The current doctrinal revision process has proved too slow and cumbersome to provide adequate direction for air strategists during ongoing operations. There are many new doctrinal areas that must be thoroughly addressed so that NATO can chart a course for the future that in the end provides the best, most effective mix of forces.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics