Accession Number:

ADA422776

Title:

Joint Air Power, Transformation, and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

An analysis of Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF shows that many aspects of the Department of Defenses initiative to transform the military have already been realized and have made the U.S. military a virtually unstoppable force on the symmetrical battlefield. Perhaps the most decisive transformation in the U.S. military to date has been in the role of aviation and its application across the joint battle space to achieve operational goals. The rapid and expansive operational maneuver demonstrated during OIF, coupled with technological advances in precision fires and command and control, made the joint use of fixed-wing aviation essential to the attainment of operational objectives. THESIS The current limitations in joint communications, the complexity of fire support coordination, the adaptive employment of fixed-wing aircraft, and current aircraft technological deficiencies all limited aviations ability to fully meet the demands of this transformed type of warfare and require a revision of command and control and employment doctrine.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE