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Title: Impact of AirLand Battle

Voice: The relative cohesion and strength of the Army-Air Force partnership from the end of Vietnam through 1986 was based on a number of factors. First, both services were influenced by the unifying effect of the NATO defensive mission in Europe. Second, Air Force leadership believed in supporting the Army in conventional warfare. Last, the Army had a clear vision of how it wanted to fight a future war—and the Army realized that Air Force support was absolutely essential for winning future wars. The Army, to its credit, articulated its doctrine for the operational level of war. This doctrine influenced the development of Air Force planning documents, which contained a wealth of information on AirLand Battle targeting. Unfortunately, the documents did not mention principles or guidelines for strategic attack in conventional warfare. Remember, strategic was synonymous with nuclear in many Air Force thinkers’ minds. Throughout the 1980s, the Air Force had a myopic vision of conventional warfare that totally focused on supporting the Army. Air Force doctrine failed to sufficiently outline that while support of the ground commander was vitally important, it was only one element in the versatile application of airpower.

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Army-Air Force partnership strengthened by:

Air Force doctrine did not outline the complete role of air power for the operational level of war

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