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The Future of NATO’s Tactical Air Doctrine

By Linda E. Torrens

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Title: The Future of NATO’s Tactical Air Doctrine  
Author: Linda E. Torrens
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Law, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Collections: Technology, Authors Community, Bibliography, Government, Military Science, Law, Naval Science, Literature, History, Education
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Publisher: Air University Press
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This study analyzes the need for changes to NATO airpower doctrine to reflect current Post–Cold War realities. NATO air doctrine does not yet reflect the actuality of today’s operations, nor does it anticipate the probable future employment of NATO’s airpower. Out–of–area operations and PFP participation in NATO operations will have profound effects on combined doctrine, training, organizational structures, exercises and employment of forces. NATO’s tactical doctrine revision process served the alliance well during the Cold War. But today, the international environment has drastically changed: both the nature of the threat and the use of NATO airpower during conflict have changed. The current doctrinal revision process has proven too slow and cumbersome to provide adequate direction for air strategists during ongoing operations. There are many new doctrinal areas that must be thoroughly addressed so that NATO can chart a course for the future that in the end provides the best, most effective mix of forces.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION...1 The Goal: Stability And The Spread Of Democracy....2 Airpower Doctrine And Why It Should Be Kept Current.....5 Preview And Methodology..6 ISSUE BACKGROUND.....8 The NATO Air Doctrine Process ....8 Out–Of–Area Operations .. 11 The PFP And NATO Enlargement .... 13 OUT OF AREA IMPLICATIONS FOR NATO’S AIR DOCTRINE..... 25 Potential Areas For Doctrinal Revision.. 28 Conclusion....44 ENLARGEMENT AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR NATO’S AIRPOWER... 49 Immediate Considerations For PFP Integration.. 50 The Cold War Military Legacy.. 51 Training And Equipment ... 53 The Cold War Deployment Of Assets.... 54 Suggested Solutions.. 55 Long Term Implications For PFP Integration .... 57 Conclusion.... 64 FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS... 67 BIBLIOGRAPHY..... 70


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