Enhancing Fires and Maneuver Capability Through Greater Air-ground Joint Interdependence

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-16
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
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Although airpower capabilities have improved dramatically in the past decade, the joint warfighting potential offered by these capabilities is not being fully realized. Service transformation efforts and lessons learned during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq highlight doctrinal and technical issues with air and ground integration. The authors propose several alternative options for improving the effectiveness of air and ground fires and maneuver. To compare the potential effectiveness of the options, they develop a methodology that models the essential counterland air-ground interactions under discussion, based on a scenario that focuses on the disruption of enemy ground force maneuver. They suggest a new joint warfighting concept that has design elements specifically put in place to enhance the prioritization and synchronization of joint fires and maneuver. This concept offers important benefits and significant added flexibility for employing joint forces to achieve the commander's objectives across the entire theater. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
A Shift in the Roles of Airpower and Ground Power Is Warrantedp. 3
Recent Conflicts Show Increased Airpower Effectivenessp. 3
Lessons from Recent Conflictsp. 6
Challenges to Realizing Joint Air-Ground Integrationp. 8
Joint Doctrinep. 8
Army Culture And Doctrinep. 11
Air Force Culture And Doctrinep. 14
More Effective Air-Ground Integration Will Require Joint Directionp. 17
Monograph Structurep. 17
Options for Enhancing Joint Fires and Maneuverp. 19
Option 1: Incremental Improvements That Evolve from the Present Concept of Operationsp. 21
Option 2: Focus on Effects-Prioritize and Synchronize Joint Fires and Maneuverp. 24
Potential Effectiveness of Air-Ground Optionsp. 41
Methodologyp. 41
Effectiveness Estimatesp. 47
Effectiveness Sensitivity Analysesp. 52
Summary of Effectiveness Analysis Findingsp. 57
Command and Control Implicationsp. 61
Option 1 Command and Control Adjustmentsp. 61
Option 2 Will Require Significant Command and Control Changesp. 62
Information and Information System Implicationsp. 67
Information Exchange Requirements for Each Optionp. 67
Assessment of Information Systems' Ability to Support the Air-Ground Optionsp. 69
Summary and Recommendationsp. 73
Observations and Recommendationsp. 75
Observationsp. 75
Recommendationsp. 76
A. Option 2 Vignettesp. 77
B. Information Systemsp. 87
Referencesp. 95
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