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

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

by Benjamin S. Lambeth
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833042095
Publisher:
RAND Corporation
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     iii
Summary     vii
Acknowledgments     xv
Abbreviations     xix
Introduction     1
A Backdrop of Apartness     5
The Watershed of Desert Storm     13
Post-Gulf War Navy Adjustments to New Demands     17
First Steps Toward Integrated Strike-Warfare Training     27
Continued Sources of Navy-Air Force Friction     33
A Convergence of Integration over Afghanistan     45
Further Convergence in Operation Iraqi Freedom     55
Emergent Trends in Air Force-Navy Integration     65
A New Synergy of Land- and Sea-Based Strike Warfare     81
Future Challenges and Opportunities     89
Bibliography     99

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