Accession Number:

ADA433042

Title:

Beyond Close Air Support. Forging a New Air-Ground Partnership

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

208.0

Abstract:

Recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have reawakened interest in counterland operations. One battle in particular, Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, sparked a heated debate between the Air Force and the Army about the conduct of close air support CAS and led to new efforts to improve the integration of air power and ground power prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although these efforts were quite successful, there is growing recognition by both airmen and soldiers that air-ground cooperation is increasingly important and that additional steps must be taken. This report seeks to help the Air Force engage the Army in a constructive dialogue on this issue. In particular, it addresses three policy questions 1 How should air attack and ground maneuver be integrated 2 How should the CAS terminal control function be executed 3 How should ground maneuverfires and air attack be deconflicted

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE