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Close Air Support: Which Way Do We Go?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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One can hardly pick up a publication in the defense arena these days without seeing an article on close air support. The need to replace the aging A-10 ground attack fighter-the Warthog-has fanned the flames of a controversy that has smoldered since World War II. Under the new spirit of jointness ushered in by Goldwater-Nichols, the word from the Chairman sounded sensible. On 2 November 1989, the new Chairman, General Colin Powell, forwarded a new roles and functions report, reversing Crowes position on CAS and supporting the Army and Air Force service chiefs. Why all this energy surrounding the close air support mission Is CAS broken Are the customers not satisfied Is the notion of close air support obsolete This article will survey the close air support debate and offer a perspective.
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