Tactical Deep Operations: Planning to Maneuver the AH-64
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
Pagination or Media Count:
This monograph examines the planning methodology of US Army Corps for employment of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in tactical deep operations. It takes an analytical approach to define the deep environment in which the AH-64 must operate. Planning techniques for deep operations tactics are found in a handbook produced at Fort Leavenworth in 1990 and some corps standing operating procedures. These techniques place emphasis on a targeting methodology called D3A decide, detect, deliver, assess. This methodology provides sufficient information for engagement of enemy targets. However, the AH-64 requires information on many areas of the deep battlefield that will provide freedom of movement through or near enemy forces to gain positional advantage for delivery of their fires. This paper will provide a piece of the analysis necessary to reassess the planning methodology and ensure a more thorough technique. The first part of the monograph informs the reader about the theories that have defined tactical deep operations. These theories were developed and well documented in Russia between World War I and World War II. Later, the United States identified their own need to produce deep operations doctrine. Deep operations principles are now an integral part of the overall tactical concepts in US Army doctrine. Parts two through four describe the environmental conditions in which the AH-64 operates during tactical deep operations. These conditions include the AH-64, the command and control structure, and the potential enemy force. The AH-64 possesses certain capabilities and vulnerablities as a combat system. These are described as they relate to the actual equipment design, the average pilot and co-pilotgunner, and the terrain. The unit structure is described along with unit employment in deep operations and unit command and control.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics