Accession Number:

ADA463262

Title:

Joint Close Air Support Transformed

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom have begun to demonstrate the rapid evoluation of Joint Close Air Support JCAS. The integration and synchronization of air and ground fires in support of JCAS is being influenced by a number of factors including technology of military weapon systems, transformation of the armed forces structure, the rapid maneuver capability of ground forces, and the changing nature of the war against terrorism. Sound training and the capability to execute TTPs in a variety of conditions will be required of many airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines. Not only will the operators be required to exhibit great flexibility to conduct the mission, but the weapon systems themselves must be capable of increased levels of joint interoperability and utility. This paper investigates how the military can most effectively integrate air power and ground forces to optimize the shaping of the battle space and then seamlessly shift to an effective and safe environment for JCAS operations. To realize the full potential of JCAS operations, it is argued that leadership must address the limitations and lack of quality JCAS training, joint doctrine, targeting methods and the absence of interoperability across the spectrum of DOD weapon systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE