Accession Number:

ADA533657

Title:

Air Component Campaign Planning: Beyond Conflict and Kinetics

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Thinkers from Giulio Douhet to John Warden have typically addressed the kinetic application of airpower during a major contingency operation. Less well developed is the concept of theater air component campaign planning, similar to the campaign planning discussed in Joint Publication 5-0, Joint Operation Planning. Although absent from AFDD 2, a theaterwide campaign planning methodology would prove well suited for the air component of a combatant command, based on the concept of the joint force air component commander JFACC. As military forces spend more time performing a diverse range of activities beyond traditional warfare, it becomes increasingly important to develop a construct for air component campaign planning that spans the continuum of military operations and integrates cross-domain air, space, and cyberspace capabilities to meet the joint force commanders JFC objectives. As General Hansell observed, a campaign plan concentrates on the effects generated--through actions such as deterring adversaries, assuring allies, and preparing for kinetic operations--rather than on the intensity of operations. Ideally, future Air Force doctrine will reflect the increased scope and focus of air component campaign planning.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE