Asymmetric Air Warfare: A Paradigm Shift for US Air Superiority
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The United States has developed a very successful air superiority paradigm over the last century to counter nearly any adversarys manned aircraft and long-range ballistic missiles. It is even developing and using thousands of unmanned air vehicles UAV to reduce the risk to, and limitations of, combat aircrew. However, a Kuhnian anomaly has appeared that challenges the U.S. air superiority paradigm adversary UAVs. The ever-increasing pace of technological advancement is giving adversaries access to smaller, cheaper, and more capable UAVs. These UAVs, particularly the man-portable ones mUAVs, are highly mobile, difficult to detect, and even harder to kill. Furthermore, an adversary can use off-the-shelf technology in creative ways to attack U.S. troops or even U.S. aircraft. This disparity between U.S. air superiority methods and new adversary air weapons creates a capability gap the United States must address. Closing this capability gap requires more than just new missiles or aircraft it requires a paradigm shift in the way the United States views air superiority. The previous symmetry that air superiority purveyors enjoyed no longer defines the entire air warfare environment. An asymmetry in air combat is emerging due to the introduction of the adversary UAV anomaly.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Antiaircraft Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics