US Air Defense Planning in the CENTAG Region
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The purpose of the study is to propose modified objectives, doctrine, and organization for US air defense forces in the CENTAG NATO region. The emerging short war concept requires that NATO strategy be reoriented to fight and win a short but intensive first battle. US air defense planning must be modified to optionally support the short war concept and insure that NATO forces can indeed win the first battle. The study concludes 1 NATO air assets will not be immediately available in significant numbers for the defense of the CENTAG region. 2 US ground based air defense must adopt an attrition objective and be utilized in a rapid and massive pulse to attrit the maximum number of enemy aircraft in the minimum time possible. 3 A modular airspace utilization scheme is required to optimally implement the attrition objective and maximize the effectiveness of both air and ground based air defenses. 4 Current air defense organizational structures should be modified to allow for the enhanced control and proliferation of attrition weapons such as REDEYE.
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