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V-22, Great Bumpersticker, But What Can It Do?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The V-22 tilt rotor aircraft is currently undergoing operational and developmental testing. It is time to produce the conceptual framework for employment, tactics, and doctrine for this Marine Corps aircraft. The V-22 will significantly improve assault support, not just by the tactics it can employ, but also by its ability to maneuver in the battlespace environment. Technologies such as the V-22 will not win battles rather, battles will be won by exploiting their capabilities. Employment and deployment should be based on the following capabilities aerial refueling, combat radius, payload, self-deployment, shipboard capability, speed, and survivability. The tactics enabled by the V-22 should be pioneered in peacetime and refined and perfected prior to conflict. For the V-22 to reach its full potential, it must become part of Marine Corps assault support tactics and doctrine. The development, adoption, and implementation of tilt rotor technology From The Sea will bring Marine Corps assault support into the 21st century.
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