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The Impact of Advanced Naval Surface Fire Support on Joint Force Fire Coordination
Master's thesis 4 Aug 96-6 Jun 97
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study investigates the impact of advanced naval surface fire support weapons on the development of joint force fire coordination. The U.S. Navy is pursuing the acquisition of surface fire support weapons with extended ranges which reach beyond traditional amphibious objectives. Therefore, doctrine may be required to address the integration of advanced naval surface fire support into ground commanders operations. The concept is that the acquisition of naval surface fire support missile systems and substantial improvements in naval gun weapon systems will add significant capabilities to joint fire support which may require coordination and integration methods beyond those provided by current joint doctrine. Quantitative and qualitative analysis is accomplished to determine the relative impact of these naval surface fire support weapons systems and assess the relative need for modifications to current joint doctrine. It is suggested that current doctrine may not be sufficient. Further, there is a need for a joint fire support coordination or integration organization to ensure that improvements in surface fire support systems can be accomodated to ensure optimal application of combat power.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE