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The Next war? (Fearless Blue)

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Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 05:35 am Click here to edit this post
Andreja. If you want to really get into the nuts and bolts of AirLand, DavePat is much more qualified than I. Given his career he could likely write books on the subject.

To answer your questions.
1. Yes. Air Superiority is desireable in any conflict. Control the air, your recon can find the other guy, deny him the ability to find you, maneuver and fight on your terms. It's pretty much over.
In AirLand in the European TO, the necessity we faced to control the skies was even more critical. Our strike deep philosophy hinged on the ability to generate good, timely intel on Warsaw Pact operations. We had to find those CP's and logistical nodes fast to disrupt the ability of those follow on forces to reach the forward line of battle. While we had layers of means to gather the data, a lot, perhaps too much, rested with our rotary wing assets ability to not just find and prosecute targets on their own, but also generate the intel for other forces. If the ability of the helos to do such was seriously degraded by enemy fixed wings, our capacity to strike deep was greatly diminished. This perceived "weakness" was a driving force behind the developement of drones.

2. You are correct about the importance and vulnerability of comms. Something that concerns me greatly given the nature of our current battle doctrine.

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