Combat Pair: The Evolution of Air Force-Navy Integration in Strike Warfare
This report documents the exceptional cross-service harmony that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have steadily developed in their conduct of integrated strike operations since the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. That close harmony contrasts sharply with the situation that prevailed throughout most of the Cold War, when the two services maintained separate and unique operating mindsets and lacked any significant interoperability features.
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Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two A Backdrop of Apartness
Chapter Three The Watershed of Desert Storm
Chapter Four PostGulf War Navy Adjustments to New Demands
Chapter Five First Steps Toward Integrated StrikeWarfare Training
Chapter Six Continued Sources of NavyAir Force Friction
Chapter Seven A Convergence of Integration over Afghanistan
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