Accession Number:

ADA347019

Title:

Targeting for Effect Analytical Framework for Counterland Operations

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

This study analyzes the use of airpower against enemy ground forces. Maj Scott G. Walker assesses current doctrinal definitions of the close air support and interdiction missions as seen by the Air Force and Army, comparing and contrasting the two. In chapter 2 Major Walker examines a typical modern field army, analyzing the various parts of combat and support forces for criticality and vulnerability to air attack. Chapter 3 examines the desired operational effects and tactical results. This examination includes the questions of enemy actions, congruence with overall strategy, and the tactical problem of finding, idenhfing, striking, and assessing damage to the target. Operational level combat assessment is also discussed. In chapter 4 Major Walker examines the historical development of combined arms warfare and current Army doctrine regarding forms of maneuver, attack, and defense, highlighting areas where a particular ground scheme of maneuver is best supported by a particular air mission, or by air attack on a specific target set. Chapter 5 briefly reviews four case studies in attack aviation, ranging from World War One to the Vietnam War. The final chapter is a recap of the top-to-bottom analysis process, including a graphic depiction of the authors counterland analysis framework. The themes that recur throughout are the need for planning to remain flexible, using the speed and firepower of air attack to concentrate force where needed, and the requirement for good operational and tactical intelligence.

Subject Categories:

  • Antiaircraft Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE