Air Sovereignty Alert: America's Security Blanket
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Air sovereignty alert is the modern day continental air defense AD mission that was originally developed to combat the Cold War Soviet manned bomber nuclear threat. The invention of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile all but alleviated the need for Air Defense mission and the resulting drawdown in forces during the 1970-80s prompted Gen Collin Powell to recommend the AD mission be cancelled or severely reduced. Today, in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the 247 alert mission is accomplished by general-purpose fighters with no additional force structure or manpower. Dual tasking the fighter wings and their manpower is having detrimental effects on the force and this practice cannot be maintained. This near term issue is having long term implications on the status of the fighter force and the ability to provide forces forward to the combatant commanders. This paper takes a critical look at the requirements to continue the air sovereignty alert mission.
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