By Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press
Colonel Andrews concentrates on tactical innovation in the course of struggle. He examines the level to which USAF doctrine ready the united states important Command Air Forces (CENTAF) for its project opposed to the Republican protect 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 thoughts in a single week that required its aviators to create new strategies in the middle of strive against operations. Colonel Andrews evaluates these techniques simply because they enabled CENTAF to fulfill theater pursuits. He recommends that the Air strength establish skill to degree air operations opposed to land forces in the course of peacetime as the press of battle doesn't offer time for mirrored image and research.
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The Tornado and Jaguar weapons delivery systems were ill suited for high-altitude attacks. 129 Once the shooting began, feedback (observation and orientation) was instantaneous and all quickly and universally abandoned their low-altitude orientation. 130 A primary reason for the uneven shift to high altitude is that CENTAF refused to dictate tactics, leaving those decisions to the tacticians and commanders at the unit level. ”131 When General Glosson was queried by a pilot whether he could use low-altitude tactics during Desert Storm, his reply was “you can if that’s what the wing decides to do.
If attacked, it would lack the energy and maneuverability required to evade SAMs at high altitude. ”160 Several A-10 missions hit Iraqi radars beyond the border on the first day of the war, and A-10s were used deep over the largely undefended west Iraqi desert in a search for Scuds, but use of the A-10 deep behind the lines in the KTO was unexpected. On 27 February the commanders of the A-10 wings at King Fahd Air Base were told by General Glosson to prepare for attacks against the Tawakalna Division, located more than 50 miles behind Iraqi lines.
Although Pacific-based squadrons had a Korean orientation, most other TAC and United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) squadrons were focused on the European scenario and prepared for it throughout the 1980s. All but one of the USAF wings that participated in Operation Desert Storm had formal tasking for the European theater in the event of war. 71 The bulk of TAC’s tactical training was geared towards executing deep air attack in the European environment. 72 The exception was USAF CAS training, for A-10 wings, which concentrated attention on high-threat, low-altitude employment along the front lines to support an Army pressured by large enemy mechanized units.
Airpower Against an Army: Challenge and Response in CENTAF's Duel with the Republican Guard by Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press