Air Power And Maneuver Warfare

Distinguished military scholars often visit the college to discuss and explore issues with the faculty. Martin van Creveld was one of those distinguished scholars.

Air Power And Maneuver Warfare

Author: Professor Martin Van Crefeld

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1782899928

Page: 217

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An essential part of the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama, curriculum consists of the study of military history and specific campaigns. Distinguished military scholars often visit the college to discuss and explore issues with the faculty. Martin van Creveld was one of those distinguished scholars. He had previously been commissioned by the Air Staff to investigate the effects of the US Army’s move toward a more maneuver-oriented kind of warfare and the effect that move will have on the US Air Force role on the battlefield. The Air Staff was concerned about a host of issues: logistic support for a highly mobile force; friendly force confusion on huge, rapidly changing battlefields; close air support with or without air base support; and a host of other issues. The bottom line for the Air Force concerned several issues of great impact. First, Must air combat change because land combat is changing? and, Is the decisiveness of air power increasing geometrically to the point where the twenty-first century will find it is as decisive as ground power was in the twentieth century? Our guest historian agrees that sophisticated, highly technical air and space developments may have made air power dominant on the conventional battlefield. The great exception, however, lies in the trend away from conventional to unconventional conflict. To Professor van Creveld, nation-states have lost the monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. To prepare for a conventional scenario is to prepare for the last war, not the next one. The possibility of more “Lebanons” is much higher than the likelihood of future “Iraqs.”

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

Author: Martin Van Creveld

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Page: 268

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The authors identify and discuss the fundamental concepts and principles of maneuver warfare, compare and contrast it to attrition-style warfare, and trace its origins and history. They examine the role of airpower in enhancing maneuver during the early German campaigns of World War II, in Germany's 1941 Russian campaigns, and in the Soviet version of maneuver warfare in World War II. They analyze the importance of airpower in maneuver warfare employed by Israel in the 1967 and 1973 wars and by coalition forces in the Gulf War. Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

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Publisher:

ISBN: 9781429477826

Page: 268

View: 528

The authors identify and discuss the fundamental concepts and principles of maneuver warfare, compare and contrast it to attrition-style warfare, and trace its origins and history. They examine the role of airpower in enhancing maneuver during the early German campaigns of World War II, in Germany's 1941 Russian campaigns, and in the Soviet version of maneuver warfare in World War II. They analyze the importance of airpower in maneuver warfare employed by Israel in the 1967 and 1973 wars and by coalition forces in the Gulf War. Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

Air Power and Maneuver Warfare

Author: Martin Van Creveld

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 268

View: 433

The authors identify and discuss the fundamental concepts and principles of maneuver warfare, compare and contrast it to attrition-style warfare, and trace its origins and history. They examine the role of airpower in enhancing maneuver during the early German campaigns of World War II, in Germany's 1941 Russian campaigns, and in the Soviet version of maneuver warfare in World War II. They analyze the importance of airpower in maneuver warfare employed by Israel in the 1967 and 1973 wars and by coalition forces in the Gulf War. Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University.

The Art of Maneuver

. . .This is an important book which deserves the attention of military professionals. . .

The Art of Maneuver

Author: Robert Leonhard

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 0307513270

Page: 336

View: 509

The Art of Maneuver shows how true maneuver-warfare theory has been applied in campaigns throughout history. With a genius for apt analogy the author shows how our obsession with fighting and winning set-piece battles causes us to overlook an enemy’s true vulnerabilities. But as low-intensity conflicts promise to become the dominant warfare of the future, the importance of maneuver in attacking an enemy’s critical vulnerability will render attrition approaches to warfighting ever more obsolete. Praise for The Art of Maneuver “Robert Leonhard is one of a number of prominent young military writers, like Daniel Bolger, John Antal, Bruce Gudmundsson, and Harold Raugh, whose work appears regularly in military journals. The Art of Maneuver is his first book, and military readers will appreciate his grasp of military history, forceful analysis, and adventurous writing style. . . .This is an important book which deserves the attention of military professionals. . . . Leonhard deserves credit for a hard-nosed attempt to evaluate U.S. strengths and weaknesses as a basis for further improvements in service doctrine, training, and force development. . . . In the celebratory aftermath of a ‘good war,’ such honest self-appraisal is both healthy and encouraging.”—Parameters “This commentary on warfighting is of value to any student of warfare, especially with our current emphasis on the importance of joint and combined operations. . . . This is an intelligent, thorough, and well-researched work. The author’s knowledge is demonstrated amply throughout, and his ability to express maneuver warfare concepts in simple terms is unequaled. . . . An important milestone in the evolution of the maneuver style of warfare. Read it!”—Marine Corps Gazette “Leonhard . . . has combined military expertise and historical analysis for an entertaining and fresh look at maneuver warfare. . . . In one volume, the author offers trenchant, exciting, and masterful perspective on victory in modern warfare.”—National Defense “Robert Leonhard makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of maneuver warfare in this book. . . . Our leaders, junior and senior alike, should find this book well worth reading and contemplating.”—ARMOR Magazine “An important contribution to the on-going reassessment of U.S. Army doctrine . . . A must for anyone seriously interested in the future of Army doctrine—and the Army. . . . Further, it is an excellent starting point for young officers to begin their lifelong study of the art of war.”—ARMY Magazine

Turning the Vertical Flank

The question of airpower's role in a theater campaign is hotly debated among the services and their supporters.

Turning the Vertical Flank

Author: Robert P. Givens

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Page: 92

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The question of airpower's role in a theater campaign is hotly debated among the services and their supporters. This study then seeks to answer the question, to what extent can airpower function as a maneuver force in a theater campaign? The U.S. Air Force suggests that airpower is a maneuver force and implies that the evidence of 1991 Persian Gulf War validates this claim. Critics of this argument claim that the conditions of the Gulf War were so unique that they make any analysis of airpower's potential to be a maneuver force irrelevant. Therefore, this study takes a broad historical approach to the issue. It begins by examining warfare from ancient Greece to the American Civil War in order to determine the essential functions of a maneuver force. It then examines three air operations in reverse chronological order: Airpower employment in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War; the use of airpower in conjunction with South Vietnamese ground forces to frustrate the Communist Easter Offensive of 1972; and finally, operations against the Wehrmacht during the 1944 Normandy campaign. This study's evidence suggests that airpower can function as a maneuver force and therefore should be tasked as such. If airpower is a maneuver force, it can greatly enhance the joint theater campaign both independently and in cooperation with other maneuver forces.

AirLandBattle21

Such is the focus of AirLandBattle21.

AirLandBattle21

Author: Ellwood P. Hinman Iv

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351959808

Page: 178

View: 907

The changed strategic landscape of the 21st century has driven a shift to more flexible, adaptable capabilities across the spectrum of conflict. Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the validity of team warfare between air and land forces during open hostilities with an enemy. The time has come for innovative counter-air and counter-land concepts focused on medium- to large-scale conventional combat operations that will merge air and ground forces even more effectively into a single potent fighting force. Such is the focus of AirLandBattle21. A basic assumption in this study is that, during major combat operations, a relevant number of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) will conduct distributed operations in a non-linear, non-contiguous and geographically separated fashion. The study introduces a flexible counter-air framework that allows for the most efficient use of limited air assets and advocates only the necessary levels of air control in different areas across the theatre. The study also offers alternative views of strategic attack and explores the critical role tactical airlift will play in employing and sustaining the brigade combat team.

The Joint Force Air Component Commander and Maneuver Warfare

Many airpower proponents in and outside the Air Force believe that airpower is the dominant force in warfare today.

The Joint Force Air Component Commander and Maneuver Warfare

Author: Rick W. Schmidt

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Page: 54

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Many airpower proponents in and outside the Air Force believe that airpower is the dominant force in warfare today. The Air Force believes that centrally controlled, independent air operations can be decisive. The JFACC coordinates all aviation assets in theater in support of the Joint Force Commander's theater objectives. The doctrinal development of the JFACC has been heavily influenced by the Air Force's perspectives and Service doctrine in regard to the employment of airpower. With the publication of FMFM 1, Warfighting, in 1989, the Marine Corps officially embraced maneuver warfare as its doctrinal style of warfighting. The Marine Corps is organized to conduct maneuver warfare as an integrated air-ground combined arms team. Marine air is a critical part of the highly trained, tightly integrated combined arms team. The application of Marine air is timely and responsive to the fast developing ground battle and therefore, creates or exploits windows of opportunity that could quickly dissipate if air had to be coordinated from an outside agency. This monograph will examine maneuver warfare theory, the Marine Corps embrace of it, and the doctrinal development and application of the JFACC in order to determine if the two doctrines are compatible.

Synchronizing Airpower and Firepower in Deep Battle

During the 193Os, Soviet military theorists introduced the concept of deep battle.

Synchronizing Airpower and Firepower in Deep Battle

Author: R. Kent Laughbaum

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Page: 80

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During the 193Os, Soviet military theorists introduced the concept of deep battle. Their objective was to attack the enemy simultaneously throughout the depth of his ground force to induce a catastrophic failure in his defensive system. 1 Soviet deep-battle theory was driven by technological advancements and the hope that maneuver warfare offered opportunities for quick, efficient, and decisive victory. The concurrent development of aviation and armor provided a physical impetus for this doctrinal evolution within the Red Army. Marshal Mikhail N. Tukhachevski stated that airpower should be "employed against targets beyond the range of infantry, artillery, and other arms. For maximum tactical effect aircraft should be employed in mass, concentrated in time and space, against targets of the highest tactical importance."2 The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) captured much of Tukhachevski's intent for airpower in Europe during the last year of World War II. American airmen were not familiar with the term deep battle, but they were well acquainted with air interdiction (Al) in support of battlefield operations. Al operations prevented the movement of German armor during the D day invasion and subsequently shaped the battlefield for the Normandy breakout. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower claimed that it was US airpower's ability to intervene in the land battle that made the Normandy invasion possible.

A Century of Air Power

This is accomplished by detailing every major conflict during that period including not only the two world wars and the recent conflicts in the Middle East but also the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Falklands War and Russian use ...

A Century of Air Power

Author: David Sloggett

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 178159192X

Page: 240

View: 566

No other technical development since the introduction of gunpowder has had as great an influence on warfare as the aircraft. From its early beginnings as simply a means of aerial reconnaissance to its utter supremacy on the battlefield, the aircraft has evolved into the most versatile and precise killing machine known to man.??In this wide-ranging and comprehensive study, David Sloggett, an internationally-respected defence analyst, investigates the changing role and increasing significance of air power over the course of the previous 100 years. This is accomplished by detailing every major conflict during that period including not only the two world wars and the recent conflicts in the Middle East but also the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Falklands War and Russian use of air power in Afghanistan. Air power's role in Malaya, Oman, Kenya and in Northern Ireland is also explained. ??A Century of Air Power is the most important study of the use of military aircraft ever undertaken and as such provides valuable lessons for the future – not only for the commanders who have to apply these all-powerful weapons but also for the politicians who have to determine its use.

Contemporary Military Theory

This book will be of great interest for students of military theory, strategic studies, security studies and defence studies.

Contemporary Military Theory

Author: Jan Angstrom

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136169202

Page: 206

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The book aims to provide the reader with a state-of-the-art introduction to classic and modern military theory. The text accounts for the most important theories within the field by developing and analyzing these theories, as well as problematizing both their normative and explanatory aims. While focusing on military theory, the book does not only reflect a single way of relating to knowledge of war and warfare, but furthers learning by introducing contrasting perspectives as well as constantly criticizing the theories. There is a clear need for an introductory text for the entire field of military theory that focuses whole-heartedly on the theories – not on their context or how they are expressed in practice during war. This book covers such questions as how we should understand the changing character of war, the utility of force and how the pursuit of political ends is achieved through military means. It draws upon and illustrates military thought through a wide-ranging number of examples from the Napoleonic Wars to the current war in Afghanistan. This book will be of great interest for students of military theory, strategic studies, security studies and defence studies.

Deep Battle In World War I The British 1918 Offensive In Palestine

Maneuver Warfare Theory achieved major acceptance during the 1980’s, emphasizing the conduct of simultaneous offensive operations throughout the depth of the battlefield.

Deep Battle In World War I  The British 1918 Offensive In Palestine

Author: LCDR Paul A. Povlock USN

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786250233

Page: 25

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Maneuver Warfare Theory achieved major acceptance during the 1980’s, emphasizing the conduct of simultaneous offensive operations throughout the depth of the battlefield. With the victory of Coalition forces during Operation DESERT STORM, the “deep battle” theory gained instant credibility and the emphasis on “joint” operations reached a fever pitch. Yet, too often analysts have only used the war in Kuwait to prove or refute these operational concepts. All theories require more than one case study to validate or nullify their precepts. Other historical examples need to be examined using the model of maneuver warfare to give greater support for this theory. While the First World War is often characterized by the futile attrition of the Western Front in France, many exceptional operational offensives were also conducted. The British September 1918 offensive in Palestine is a superb example of the proper application of combat forces at the operational level. General Edmund Allenby’s use of regular army units, armored cars, cavalry, airpower and irregulars led to a major victory that hastened the collapse of Turkey and the Central Powers. Long before mechanized forces and maneuver theory had been developed, British Imperial forces executed an operational design stressing many elements of deep battle theory. By examining the British offensive using the paradigm of maneuver warfare, additional evidence can be generated to add credence to the theory. The importance of the synergistic effect of combat arms when applied jointly is also shown. Maneuver theory must be better understood if this paradigm is used to create doctrine for the employment of the Armed Forces of the United States.