Time, Space, and Force Considerations for a Joint Force Commander's Air Operations in a Counterinsurgency
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The recent addition of the counterinsurgency operations being placed on par with preparations for major combat operations ushers in a new era of military thinking and doctrine. No longer will irregular warfare or small wars be regulated to the missions that the US military has to do, but doesnt want to. When a Joint Force Commander is establishing his force structure for COIN operations he will have many options in how to set up his air operations and for what purpose. The current model of the CAOC in CENTCOM does not meet the needs of the ground commander to utilize his air assets most effectively. This paper seeks to examine the tools available to the JFC seen through the lens of force, space, and time. With the proper mix of force, the correct command organization, the right allocation of forces throughout the AO, the JFC can ensure his air assets are in the right place at the right time to support his ground scheme of maneuver.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare