COMBAT PAIR: The Evolution of Air Force-navy Integration in by Benjamin S. Lambeth

By Benjamin S. Lambeth

This record files the phenomenal cross-service concord that the U.S. Air strength and U.S. military have progressively constructed of their behavior of built-in strike operations because the first Persian Gulf warfare in 1991. That shut concord contrasts sharply with the location that prevailed all through lots of the chilly warfare, while the 2 providers maintained separate and exact working mindsets and lacked any major interoperability positive aspects.

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30 Combat Pair: The Evolution of Air Force–Navy Integration in Strike Warfare Force units included the 4th Fighter Wing with F-15Es from SeymourJohnson AFB, North Carolina; the 33rd Fighter Wing with F-15Cs from Eglin AFB, Florida; and the 20th Fighter Wing with F-16CJs from Shaw AFB, South Carolina. 4 During the early 1990s, both services also showed an incipient doctrinal recognition of the need for closer integration in strike warfare. ”5 Similarly, the Navy’s revised 1994 white paper called Forward .

Stillion was serving as an active-duty Air Force RF-4 crewmember at Zweibrücken at the time the incident occurred. 0 10 This increased cooperation, moreover, was becoming evident not just in the training environment but also in serious planning for major contingency operations in Central Europe. 12 Combat Pair: The Evolution of Air Force–Navy Integration in Strike Warfare that noble goal in some important respects. Third, and most tellingly, it offered dramatic proof that the operational costs of moving toward closer jointness could, at times, be remarkably high, even in peacetime.

122. A Backdrop of Apartness 9 antishipping missile that were unconstrained by any need for concern over the risk of fratricide or the possibility of causing unintended collateral damage should they go astray. For its part, the Air Force was looking at a very different and more complex operating arena in which friendly and enemy aircraft would be simultaneously airborne and often commingled in the same block of airspace. S. NATO allies in Central Europe. ”7 As a result of these widely divergent operational mindsets and operating environments, a pronounced culture divide separated the Air Force and naval aviation in the strike-warfare arena.

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