Help From Above: Air Force Close Air Support of the Army. 1946-1973
OFFICE OF AIR FORCE HISTORY WASHINGTONDC
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It is important for nations such as the United States, whose military force is disbursed among separate air, land, and sea services, to devise ways to temper any institutional lack of unity. Past compensatory measures, however, have at best only eased, rather than dispelled, service resistance to further unifications. This resistance has sprung in part from each services interpretation of its mission, of the best equipment and procedures for achieving that mission, and often of a strong sense of service pride. While these elements are healthy, and often essential, in an effective fighting force, enhancing both the devotion and effectiveness of the individual fighting man, they also frequently intensity differences that clash when the interests of the services overlap.
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