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31 Initiatives: A Study in Air Force - Army Cooperation, The by Richard G. Davis

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 on the way to maximize the nation's defense. This research by way of Dr. Richard Davis, ready for the workplace of Air strength historical past, highlights one element of this approach, that of supplying the main effective mixture of military and air forces to prosecute flooring struggle.

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CINCLANT remarked "we should have jumped on board," and Gen. Bernard W. Rogers, Supreme Allied Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, spread the word by having his subordinate deputy chiefs of staff and key colonels briefed as well. Finally, on May 22, 1984, at a press conference in the Pentagon, Generals Gabriel and Wickham announced 45 THE 31 INITIATIVES their signature of the Memorandum of Agreement and detailed the 31 Initiatives to the assembled correspondents. " Reporting on the conference, The Washington Post pointed out that, in its opinion, the Initiatives failed to address the "primary area" of Air Force - Army duplication of effort: the Army's purchase of attack helicopters to perform the same tasks as Air Force close air support aircraft.

As the TAC-TRADOC dialogue went forward, the Army continued to rework FM 100-5. A new version appeared on August 20, 1982. " This manual restored the practice of keeping reserve forces and stressed the offensive aspects of combat. It also viewed the battlefield as extending both beyond the forward line of friendly troops to the enemy's rear and stretching back to the friendly rear areas. In addition to this extended battlefield was the concept of an integrated battle in which conventional and tactical nuclear fire support, maneuver and fire support, and air and ground operations were synchronized to produce maximum efficiency.

20 On March 11, 1966, the Army announced it would purchase large numbers of the AH-1 HueyCobra; it became operational in Vietnam in November 1967. 22 of March 18, 1957. This did not calm the fears of the Air Force, which apparently realized the potential threat behind Secretary McNamara's support of the armed helicopter-the loss of the entire close air support function to the Army. Led by General McConnell, the Air Force strongly supported the concept of more Air Force responsiveness to the Army's need for close air support aircraft.

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