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The Counterair Companion : A Short Guide to Air Superiority for Joint Force Commanders

By Major James M. Holmes, USAF

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Book Id: WPLBN0002170697
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Title: The Counterair Companion : A Short Guide to Air Superiority for Joint Force Commanders  
Author: Major James M. Holmes, USAF
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Technology
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

Description
The author’s examination of the counterair strategy process shows how joint force commanders should balance objectives, the balance of forces, the nature of the theater, and policy limits to build a counterair strategy that links means to ends by choosing methods, targets, and attack timing.The author’s discussion of current counterair issues shows that the services appreciate the product (freedom of action for land, sea, and air forces) that control of the air provides, but neglect the process of obtaining it. Current air power disputes emphasize the control and targeting of air resources, and slight the potential impact of these issues on America’s future ability to control the air and space.

Table of Contents
1 AIR SUPERIORITY AND JOINT OPERATIONS . . . . . 1 Notes . . . . . 4 2 VISIONS AND DOCTRINE . . . . 5 Doctrine . . . . 6 Counterair Doctrine Evaluation . . . . . 8 Service Doctrine . . . . . 12 Joint Doctrine . . . . . 14 Conclusion . . . . 14 Notes . . . . . 15 3 COUNTERAIR STRATEGY, TARGETS, AND TIMING . . . . . 19 The Counterair System . . . . 19 Basic Strategy Considerations . . . . 20 Strategic Choices . . . . . 22 Offense and Defense . . . . . 23 Targets . . . . 27 Strategy, Targets, and Timing . . . . 29 Measures of Success . . . . . 31 Conclusion . . . . 31 Notes . . . . . 32 4 COUNTERAIR FORCES . . . . 35 Capability and Cost . . . . 35 Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Weapons . . . . . 36 Manned and Unmanned Systems . . . . 37 Specialized and Multirole Forces . . . . 37 Weapons . . . . 38 Force Multipliers . . . . . 39 Conclusion . . . . 40 Notes . . . . . 40 5 COUNTERAIR ISSUES . . . . 43 Roles and Missions . . . . 43 The Bottom Up Review . . . . 44 Controlling Joint Air Forces . . . . . 48 Fire Support Coordination . . . . 50 Theater Missile Defense . . . . . 52 Conclusion . . . . 53 Notes . . . . . 54 6 VISIONS AND THE FUTURE . . . . . 57 The Air Force . . . . . 58 The Army . . . . . 59 The Navy . . . . . 60 The Marine Corps . . . . 61 Conclusion . . . . 62 Notes . . . . . 62 7 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS . . . . 65 Notes . . . . . 67

 

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