Synergy Now: Augmenting Carrier Air Operations with Strategic Aircraft
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Operational commanders could reduce their reaction time, lengthen their endurance and increase their lethality during short-notice military operations anywhere in the world by complementing carrier-based air operations with land-based strategic aircraft. A forward-based CVBG represents a quick, highly organized response, but lacks the sustainability and lethality of air operations the commander needs. Likewise, strategic aircraft can bring enhanced capabilities to a fight quickly, but lack a constant forward presence and on-scene command structure. While neither carrier-based nor strategic air power can independently give the operational commander the speed, sustainability and lethality he needs, the combination of the two could. Operational commanders could greatly enhance combat effectiveness right away by embracing the doctrine envisioned by Joint Vision 2020, with assets from different branches actually working in concert rather than just in close proximity. By providing carrier battle groups with strategic air assets, operational commanders could prosecute quicker, longer and heavier attacks simply by employing their current assets with greater synergy.
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