No end in sight to the Army's dependence on airpower

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  1. An interesting article from the US

    No End in Sight to the Army’s Dependence on Airpower

    I was amused by this quote

    Does this attitude exist within the UK?
     
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  2. Yes and no. Depends where and who you are.

    The Army still sees ALI and ALC as very land centric but it is improving in some quarters.

    Edited to add: I don't disagree with the article having now read it.
     
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  3. jrwlynch

    jrwlynch LE Book Reviewer

    I would have to say "yes", at least at an institutional level (I know some good, sharp SO2s who would disagree personally with it, but who are also raging against the machine).
     
  4. Yes, they are. It all comes down to risk averse, negative publicity etc.

    "Hello is that the local CAS? Yes! Bomb that compound 300 meters north of my position if you will!".

    It's easier to "nuke them From orbit" than close with the enemy and kill them.
     
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  5. Nice bit of bluff machismo there.
     
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  6. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. The Royal Navy

    A worrying lack of understanding from senior army leadership of the modern battle space.
     
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  7. Symptomatic of desperate concerns about future irrelevance.
     
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  8. But surely their insistence on retaining mounted regiments of cavalry will serve us well in a post nuclear environment when the vehicles are broken from an EMP pulse and they can go see what hordes of irradiated mutants (or Cornish residents) are advancing over the hill towards us?

    I'd argue that modern leadership have an excellent understanding of the post apocalyptic modern battlespace :)
     
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  9. Cold_Collation

    Cold_Collation LE Book Reviewer

    They will once it's happened...
     
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  10. 'ere! less of the lazy stereotyping if'n you don't mind!
     
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  11. Caecilius

    Caecilius LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Oh good! It's going to be another one of those threads.
     
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  12. I think given the choice of advancing 300 metres over open ground towards an unknown enemy force or calling in air support I would pick the air support.
     
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  13. Cold_Collation

    Cold_Collation LE Book Reviewer

    Well, it's been a-g-e-s...
     
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  14. Indeed - and it's grossly unfair for people to pick on the Army in this way. After all the Navy have more horses than aircraft carriers and nobody ever says a thing about that.
     
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  15. Sarastro

    Sarastro LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I can't remember what the question was, but the answer is "Ajax".
     
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