By Richard G. Davis
For the previous 80 years the U.S. army institution has labored to combine air strength into its doctrine, technique, strength constitution, and strategies in an effort to maximize the nation's protection. This examine by means of Dr. Richard Davis, ready for the workplace of Air strength heritage, highlights one point of this approach, that of offering the main effective mixture of military and air forces to prosecute floor war.
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It incorrectly appraised Air Force capabilities. Specifically, the Disosway Board remonstrated that parcelling out air units to individual commanders violated the principle of centralized control of air power, a principle the Air Force had derived from its interpretation of the lessons of World War II. The Air Force believed that only centralized control of tactical air power could ensure the concentration of force essential to unity of action and to the avoidance of defeat in detail Movement of ground forces by helicopters was considered unrealistic in the face of active, organized enemy air and ground forces.
In case of need, McConnell agreed to attach light transport units to Army tactical echelons below the field Not just corps or divisions but even lower army level. level Army units might attach Air Force transports. The Army would also have the right of consultation in the design specifications of any new Air Force follow-on light transports intended for Army cooperation. McConnell and Johnson instructed their services to revise all manuals, doctrinal statements, and other material at variance with the agreement.
This again prevented the watering down of the initiatives because of a need to build a consensus in order to pass an up or down vote by the Air Force Council. On the other hand, because the initiatives came straight from the hands of the service Chiefs of Staff, they carried the Chiefs' imprimaturs. This meant that most of their staffs would accept the initiatives and work to implement them rather than to subvert them. 43 THE 31 INITIATIVES The Joint Force Development Group had a sophisticated view of the bureaucratic process.
31 Initiatives: A Study in Air Force - Army Cooperation, The by Richard G. Davis