Airpower against an army: challenge and response in CENTAF's duel with the Republican Guard

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Air University Press, 1998 - History - 132 pages
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Colonel Andrews concentrates on tactical innovation during war. He examines the extent to which USAF doctrine prepared the US Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) for its mission against the Republican Guard Forces Command (RGFC). He describes how CENTAF adjusted air operations against Iraq's RGFC in the 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait. CENTAF instituted six significant tactical innovations in one week that required its aviators to create new tactics in the midst of combat operations. Colonel Andrews evaluates those innovations because they enabled CENTAF to satisfy theater objectives. He recommends that the Air Force identify means to measure air operations against land forces during peacetime because the press of war does not provide time for reflection and analysis.

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Contents

THE ADVERSARIES
11
3 AUGUST 1990
21
1726 JANUARY 1991
28
27 JANUARY
42
623 FEBRUARY 1991
59
THE KEYS TO INNOVATION
71
IMPLICATIONS
78
Appendix
85
Distribution of Strikes against
113

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