| Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 09:41 am |
AirLand battle doctrine was developed SPECIFALLY to face a numerically superior WarsawPact in Western Europe. Whereas, they were relying primarily on mass and shock action, NATO would counter by expanding the depth of the battle space to simultaneously strike 2nd echelon, C3, and logistical targets while engaging 1st echelon attackers at geographical choke points. It required a level of combined arms coordination never before attempted between air and land components. Commanders were to view their objectives in depth and prepare for counter attack as rapidly as possible. All of NATO's new weapon systems were integrated into this doctrine and it served us well in 91.
What the Sov's saw as overwhelming offensive mass, we viewed as a target rich environment. The only weakness was the requirement to establish air dominance over the battlefield very early in the conflict.