By Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press
Colonel Andrews concentrates on tactical innovation in the course of warfare. He examines the level to which USAF doctrine ready the U.S. imperative Command Air Forces (CENTAF) for its challenge opposed to the Republican defend 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 suggestions in a single week that required its aviators to create new strategies in the middle of wrestle operations. Colonel Andrews evaluates these concepts 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 struggle doesn't supply time for mirrored image and research.
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High-altitude problems were aggravated by munitions choices that took away the F-16’s best antiarmor weapons, marginalizing F-16 effectiveness towards the destruction objective. Feedback and analysis of early attacks on the guard were unavailable, which led to a major innovation: the use of cockpit video tape as a means for planners to obtain feedback. Feedback (a combination of observation and orientation in the OODA context) would be a necessary but not sufficient condition for adaptation. Insights formed after the first 10 days of the war and additional feedback in the form of ARCENT analysis would stimulate considerable adaptations.
Leaflets preceded and accompanied B-52 raids in an effort to demoralize Iraqi units, with great effect as Iraqi POW debriefings later indicated. At this point it is appropriate to address the issue regarding how right USAF doctrines and practices were for the situation at hand. CENTAF’s adversary was similarly equipped but employed differently than the opponent around which USAF doctrine was built. The Republican Guard defensive doctrine was quite different from the high-tempo offensive doctrine emphasized by the Soviets.
Corder (CENTAF/DO), General Proffitt (15th Air Division/CC) and General Glosson (14th Air Division/CC) took an active part in finding potential solutions to tactical problems. 156 Numerous contributions came from Black Hole and CENTAF’s tactics experts, a group of Fighter Weapons School instructor pilots brought into the TACC from Nellis AFB as the war started. The FWS instructors flew missions with CENTAF wings to gain a firsthand appreciation of the problems experienced by the units. These individuals were able to use their direct knowledge of the battlefield to assist planning and execution from Riyadh.
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