Land Vs Air Force

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The most important environmental interface for land forces is that with the air, which covers and affects all ground areas of operations. Gaining, maintaining and exploiting control of the air is critical to success in most operations in the land environment. The integration of air and land actions and effects requires first an understanding of air power. Except in wartime, Army officers have little exposure to air power and little opportunity to train together with air forces. These profound organizational and cultural differences imply that the relationship between the Air Force and the Army has a peculiar character that demands special attention. However, many of the insights developed from this relationship, especially in the area of control measures, may be applicable in the broader joint arena.…show more content…
Air and ground power must operate in a mutually reinforcing hammer-and-anvil relationship, where either might do the greater amount of damage, depending on the situation. In this “double attack” relationship, air power will wreak havoc against large concentrations of enemy ground forces, confronting them with a dilemma: If they concentrate, air forces will destroy them. If they disperse, land forces will overwhelm them. Thus the air-land relationship from this perspective is one of relative equality at the aggregate level, while at the tactical level, the campaign is likely to be marked by frequent and often unpredictable alternation between fights in which air power supports a ground-centric scheme of maneuver and those in which the reverse is true. Because this approach to warfare is neither air nor ground-centric, embracing it is doctrinally challenging for organizations that are steeped in a tradition of command relationships that designate component commanders as either supported or
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