31 Initiatives: A Study in Air Force - Army Cooperation, The by Richard G. Davis

By Richard G. Davis

For the prior 80 years the U.S. army institution has labored to combine air strength into its doctrine, approach, strength constitution, and strategies with a purpose to maximize the nation's safeguard. This learn by means of Dr. Richard Davis, ready for the workplace of Air strength historical past, highlights one point of this method, that of supplying the main effective mixture of military and air forces to prosecute floor struggle.

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The manual had created great opposition from critics who felt its stress on lateral movement along the battle line to concentrate at the crucial point and its discarding of battlefield reserves were impractical and left the ground forces open to secondary enemy thrusts. Other critics objected to the manual's defensive orientation and emphasis on central Europe. 29 By 1979 General Starry's and others' concern over enemy follow-on troops had become a subject of the TACTRADOC dialogue. ALF A began to address the subject of delaying, disrupting, or destroying enemy reinforcements and follow-on troops before they could reach the front line.

However, the Army promptly announced a follow-on program. It had no intention of forfeiting the right to produce a heavily armed helicopter gunship. The OSD continued to support the Army desires. In January 1970 Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard requested the Army and Air Force justify the need for two separate weapon systems. On March 26, 1970, Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. , and Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor replied. Their confused response indicated the depth of the services' disagreement on roles and missions.

In addition to this extended battlefield was the concept of an integrated battle in which conventional and tactical nuclear fire support, maneuver and fire support, and air and ground operations were synchronized to produce maximum efficiency. Thus, the term AirLand Battle encompassed more than the traditional Army and Air Force close air support, interdiction, and reconnaissance relationship. It was meant to convey the interaction between all aspects of air and ground power in a firepower and maneuver context.

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