Gen Otto P. Weyland: Close Air Support in the Korean War
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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This study analyzes General Otto P. Weylands impact on close air support CAS during the Korean War. First, the author briefly traces the history and evolution of air-ground support from its infancy to the start of the Korean War. Second, he shifts his focus to the effectiveness of CAS throughout the conflict and addresses why this mission was controversial for the Army and Air Force. Third, he highlights General Weylands perspective on tactical airpower and his role in the close-air-support controversy. Throughout his career, Weyland was a staunch advocate of tactical airpower. As Pattons Airman in World War II, Far East Air Force commander in Korea, and the commander of Tactical Air Command in the mid-1950s, Weyland helped the tactical air community to carve out its role as a critical instrument of national power. An extensive bibliography is included.
- Administration and Management
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics