Effects of Doctrine and Experience on Close Air Support Operations in Korea (1950-1951)
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Close Air Support provided by Naval and Marine airpower in Korea differed than that provided by the United States Air Force. This difference can be traced back to each services experience prior to Korea. In this paper it was found that the conflicts experienced by Navy and Marine aviators during the 1920s and WWII better prepared them for Close Air Support operations in the Korean environment. Countering Nicaraguan rebels and Japanese troops in the Philippines created doctrine that the Navy and Marines would translate into procuring weapon systems, communication technology and training. This better prepared them to support friendly ground forces compared to the Air Force. In Nicaragua, the Philippines and Iwo Jima the enemys center of gravity was its army. These experiences were instrumental in preparing maritime airpower to counter the North Korean Army.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics