Airpower Against an Army: Challenge and Response in CENTAF's by Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press

By Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press

Colonel Andrews concentrates on tactical innovation in the course of battle. He examines the level to which USAF doctrine ready the united states significant Command Air Forces (CENTAF) for its project opposed to the Republican safeguard Forces Command (RGFC). He describes how CENTAF adjusted air operations opposed to Iraq's RGFC within the 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait. CENTAF instituted six major tactical strategies in a single week that required its aviators to create new strategies in the middle of wrestle operations. Colonel Andrews evaluates these strategies simply because they enabled CENTAF to meet theater targets. He recommends that the Air strength determine ability to degree air operations opposed to land forces in the course of peacetime as the press of struggle doesn't offer time for mirrored image and research.

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TAC’s only fighter wing free from European tasking, the 363d Tactical Fighter Wing 19 CADRE PAPER (TFW), shared the remainder of TAC’s tactical vision. Wing training focused on low-altitude deep attacks against a Soviet mechanized thrust into north Iran. 73 Virtually all air-toground training throughout the tactical air forces (TAF) involved low-level navigation and weapons deliveries, which were required for survival on the high-threat battlefields of central Europe and for target acquisition which could be impaired by low European ceilings.

These operations were identified by all three planning groups and were seen as a means to affect the entire Iraqi Army. Destruction of the bridges across the Euphrates appeared to be an ideal means of restricting the army’s logistics flow. The Euphrates bridges were doubly significant, however, as their destruction could block an army withdrawal from the KTO. For a counterlogistics effort to succeed, the considerable supply depots south of the Euphrates would also have to be neutralized, and B-52 raids were identified as an ideal means of reducing Iraqi stockpiles.

Break their will! Keep your eye on the target. —Lt Gen Charles A. Horner No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main strength. Only the layman sees in the course of a campaign a consistent execution of a preconceived and highly detailed original concept pursued consistently to the end. —Helmuth von Moltke The air offensive began on the night of 17 January with attacks that struck across the depth and breadth of Iraq and Kuwait. The main weight of effort was initially aimed at disabling Iraq’s integrated air defenses, weakening its national command and control, and eliminating its Scud missile force.

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