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Airpower versus a Fielded Force : Misty FACs of Vietnam and A-10 FACs over Kosovo-A Comparative Analysis

By Phil M. "Goldie" Haun

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Title: Airpower versus a Fielded Force : Misty FACs of Vietnam and A-10 FACs over Kosovo-A Comparative Analysis  
Author: Phil M. "Goldie" Haun
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Air Force
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Technology
Historic
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

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A comparison of the Misty and A-10 FAC missions clearly demonstrates a failure of the USAF to develop a full range of suitable tactics for the direct attack of enemy fielded forces. Although the quantum leaps in weapons delivery accuracy from Vietnam to Kosovo now make it possible to destroy armor and artillery from the air, there has not been a corresponding improvement in target identification. Until USAF prioritizes the direct attack of ground forces and target identification, its ability to attack fielded forces effectively will remain limited. Drawing from the lessons of the Misty and A-10 FACs, the recommendations presented here focus on equipment, tactics and training, and doctrine.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 HISTORY OF AIR INTERDICTION FROM WORLD WAR I THROUGH VIETNAM . . . . . . . 7 3 MISTY-FAC TACTICS: HYPOTHETICAL MISSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 4 HISTORY OF ATTACKING FIELDED FORCES: POST-VIETNAM TO KOSOVO . . . . . . . . . . . .41 5 A-10 FORWARD AIR CONTROLLER TACTICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 6 CONCLUSION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

 

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