Air Command and Control in Small Wars: Doctrine Theories and Definitions, Algeria, Vietnam, Contrasting Models of C2 Structures, Douhet and Mitchell, Chassin, Da Nang Combat, Tet Offensive Progressive Management

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Air Command and Control in Small Wars: Doctrine Theories and Definitions, Algeria, Vietnam, Contrasting Models of C2 Structures, Douhet and Mitchell, Chassin, Da Nang Combat, Tet Offensive  by  Progressive Management

Air Command and Control in Small Wars: Doctrine Theories and Definitions, Algeria, Vietnam, Contrasting Models of C2 Structures, Douhet and Mitchell, Chassin, Da Nang Combat, Tet Offensive by Progressive Management
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Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this military study examines the best way to structure airpower in small wars, using the Algeria conflict and the Vietnam war as examples.There has been much discussionMoreProfessionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this military study examines the best way to structure airpower in small wars, using the Algeria conflict and the Vietnam war as examples.There has been much discussion about the best use of airpower in small wars, specifically with regard to current operations in Afghanistan.

Coalition air forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom use the same command and control (C2) structures doctrinally established for all types of operations. The Air Force doctrine of centralized control and decentralized execution drives the makeup of C2 within the operation. Is there a better way to structure airpower in small wars?Although neither France nor the United States met their strategic objective, air operations by the French in Algeria and the United States in Vietnam provide contrasting models of C2 structures for a comparative case study.

The French saw the importance of a decentralized model to maximize the support of ground troops. To use modern terminology, the French set up a joint task force in each geographic section of Algeria. Each geographic area had its own air command post collocated with the French Army command post within the region. The United States, on the other hand, centralized control of aircraft.

United States Air Force (USAF) doctrine, in Vietnam, required that air assets be under the centralized control of a single air commander. Interservice rivalry heated this debate- the USAF was unwilling to allow anyone other than an air commander to control aircraft. The USAF argued that decentralization of airpower could easily have wasted the scarce air resources found in theater. However, it was centralized in name only. Aircraft were commanded and controlled under a variety of organizations to include, 7th Air Force, 13th Air Force, the CIA, and the US Embassy.Both operations provide insight into the effectiveness and efficiency of the air C2 structures.

This monograph asks if the structures used by the air forces in these conflicts can provide lessons for the United States in small wars today. If current structures are not as effective or efficient, commanders can modify the structures, using the insights gained by this monograph, to provide better support to ground operations in todays small wars.The first chapter of the monograph introduces the research question and its significance.

To clarify the discussion and comparison, the second chapter begins with definitions. An initial list of required definitions includes integration, small wars, C2, centralized, decentralized, and airpower. The second chapter also covers doctrinal terminology and discusses the purpose of C2. Finally, the second chapter introduces the Competing Values Theory of Organizational Effectiveness by Robert Quinn and John Rohrbaugh. The next two chapters apply the Competing Values Theory to the cases. Chapter Three uses evidence gathered from the French in Algeria. The fourth chapter does the same with the United States in Vietnam.

Once evidence gathering and theory application is complete, the concluding chapter analyzes the findings by comparing and contrasting the air C2 structures of the French in Algeria, the United States in Vietnam, and discusses the current system used by the United States. This chapter provides insights from the comparison that leaders can apply to future small wars.Introduction * Organization * Research Methodology * Air Command and Control Theory * Air Command and Control Definitions * Air Command and Control Theories * Competing Values Theory of Organizational Effectiveness * Air Command and Control in Algeria * Background * Theory Application * Relevance * Air Command and Control in Vietnam * Background * Theory Application * Relevance * Conclusion * Bibliography * Footnotes



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