Accession Number:

ADA470743

Title:

Airpower in Counterinsurgency: The Search for Missing Doctrine

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The United States overwhelming dominance in conventional airpower has often overshadowed its significance in the lower intensity type of conflict resembling insurgency and counterinsurgency COIN. Today, airpower has not only evolved into a major player in conventional warfare but will likely serve a dominant role in COIN operations well into the 21st century. While insurgency and COIN are established terms in joint doctrine, research has revealed critical shortfalls in current U.S. military doctrine regarding COIN operations and the use of airpower. In addition to highlighting these shortfalls, this paper analyzes historical and current COIN operations to provide valuable lessons learned for the employment of airpower during COIN operations. Finally, the paper integrates these doctrine inadequacies and lessons learned into joint doctrine development considerations to enable the joint force commander JFC to effectively synchronize airpower across the full range of military operations during counterinsurgencies.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE