Air-to-Air Force's Doctrine and Training for an Air Occupation
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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One of Col. Wardens controversial ideas is that air power permits the virtual occupation of enemy territory by aircraft without requiring a potentially entangling and costly ground occupation. In view of declining defense budgets, the US publics low casualty tolerance, and the prevalence of regional wars and conflicts, air occupation is a tempting policy option. To conduct an effective air occupation, the military should understand how to perform air occupations and ensure required equipment and trained personnel are available. Air superiority is fundamental to air occupations. From 1993 to 1996, America attempted an air occupation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The US and NATO were not prepared for the occupation, but they improvised a successful operation. The air-to-air threat NATO forces faced in Bosnia was impotent, but future air occupation forces may face a more dangerous high technology threat. American and coalition forces can improve their air superiority in the next air occupation through adherence to a joint air occupation doctrine, proper training, and improved equipment. Currently, American armed forces do not have an air occupation doctrine. In the next air occupation, the possession of a joint doctrine will clarify operations and provide a foundation for employment.
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