31 Initiatives: A Study in Air Force - Army Cooperation, The by Richard G. Davis


By Richard G. Davis

For the earlier 80 years the U.S. army institution has labored to combine air strength into its doctrine, technique, strength constitution, and strategies so as to maximize the nation's safety. This examine via Dr. Richard Davis, ready for the workplace of Air strength historical past, highlights one point of this method, that of supplying the main powerful mixture of military and air forces to prosecute floor struggle.

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Since the TOR had freed them from traditional service roles and missions, they could determine the responsible service solely on grounds of effectiveness and cost. Most of these initiatives sprang from the group's previous joint experiences, brainstorming, the synergism generated by the constant interchange of ideas, and the Terms of Reference. Although the group did not conduct extensive research, some issues came from earlier 42 IMPACT studies, while the generals suggested the group take a closer look at surface-to-air missiles.

The rejected initiative dealt with the fusion of Air Force and Army tactical intelligence on the battlefield. Apparently, the Chiefs felt that. the intelligence sharing scheme was either too complex or too sensitive for the battlefield. After their first review in March, the Chiefs authorized the release of the Joint 44 IMPACT Force Development Group's recommendations to service proponents. When they approved the group's final report in April, the Chiefs broadened the impact of the group's work beyond that of an isolated, one-time committee.

Not only the Howze Board recommendations, but combat operations in Vietnam drove the armed helicopter concept forward. Helicopter assaults, with their dozens of troop and supply helicopter transports, crowded the air space over the landing zones, making it difficult for Air Force jets to coordinate and fly suppressive fire missions. Thus, helicopters had to carry some means of self-defense and have their own capability to keep enemy heads down. On April 6, 1966, the Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force and Army, Generals John P.

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