By Lt. Col., USAF, William F. Andrews, Air University Press
Colonel Andrews concentrates on tactical innovation in the course of battle. He examines the level to which USAF doctrine ready the USA primary Command Air Forces (CENTAF) for its undertaking opposed to the Republican shield 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 recommendations in a single week that required its aviators to create new strategies in the course of wrestle operations. Colonel Andrews evaluates these ideas simply because they enabled CENTAF to meet theater ambitions. He recommends that the Air strength determine capacity to degree air operations opposed to land forces in the course of peacetime as the press of struggle doesn't offer time for mirrored image and research.
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140 Frequent cloud cover (the worst on record for the region) masked the Iraqi Army from overhead photography througho ut the first week. 141 When imagery began to flow, the intelligence system was overwhelmed by the target array, number of attack missions, and decentralized targeting. The massive size of the target array within the KTO (Iraqi positions covered more than 3,000 square miles) and the number of potential aim points (tens of thousands) were well beyond CENTAF intelligence’s ability to observe, analyze, and synthesize.
107 Even with an emphasis on the KTO, daily sortie counts fell well short of the 600 missions called for in prewar plans. Figure 1. Republican Guard Dispositions in CENTAF Kill Boxes After 19 January KTO targeting became more decentralized. , an armored battalion) that contained hundreds of discrete DMPIs often spread over a square mile or more. , armor) within specified kill boxes that covered 900 square miles. Targeting shifted to decentralized methods because the GAT cell and flying wings did not have the detailed targeting materials typically used for controlling and planning attacks 29 CADRE PAPER against fixed targets.
The 3rd sortie were hunt around and blow up whatever you happen to see. It’s tough to discern what’s worthwhile from 15–20[000 feet]. 2-18-91: It’s tough finding a place to bomb that looks like it hasn’t been hit yet. God help the Kuwaitis, that place is a ravaged wasteland. 179 Postwar comments of an Army officer assigned to CENTAF’s battlefield coordination element indicate a complete lack of awareness of the deception problem: “We faced totally exposed target arrays that didn’t move. ” (Emphasis added) 180 CENTAF headquarters was aware of a target acquisition problem, but saw it on a larger scale: CENTAF was concerned that Iraqi battalions and brigades were moving around the battlefield.
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