Combat Pair: The Evolution of Air Force-Navy Integration in Strike Warfare

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Rand Corporation, Dec 18, 2007 - Political Science - 128 pages
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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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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two A Backdrop of Apartness
5
Chapter Three The Watershed of Desert Storm
13
Chapter Four PostGulf War Navy Adjustments to New Demands
17
Chapter Five First Steps Toward Integrated StrikeWarfare Training
27
Chapter Six Continued Sources of NavyAir Force Friction
33
Chapter Seven A Convergence of Integration over Afghanistan
45
Chapter Eight Further Convergence in Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Chapter Nine Emergent Trends in Air ForceNavy Integration
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Chapter Ten A New Synergy of Land and SeaBased Strike Warfare
81
Chapter Eleven Future Challenges and Opportunities
89
Bibliography
99
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Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a position he assumed in 2011 following a 37-year career at the RAND Corporation. A long-time specialist in international security affairs and air warfare, he has extensive flight experience in more than 40 different combat aircraft types worldwide and is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power.

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