By Benjamin S. Lambeth

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

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9 It further recognized that for the near-term future, at least, the Navy’s control of the high seas would remain uncontested and that the service’s primary role in the post–Cold War era would be helping to enable joint-force operations in littoral areas. It also meant that, for the first time, the Navy would need to be thinking routinely in terms of integrated air operations with other services in the same battlespace. S. carriers on the high seas, focused more on joint warfare and associated connectivity programs, such as enabling Navy aircraft to work harmoniously with the Air Force’s E-3 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.

Carrier-based air power from a force configured mainly for sea control to one able to exploit sea control as a basis for enabling and participating in joint strike operations ashore. As an essential precursor to what eventually became largely standardized Air Force and Navy strike-fighter tactics by the start of the 21st century, naval aviation leaders first had to impose a hitherto-elusive regime of standardization within their own strike-warfare community. During the early 1990s, in the immediate aftermath of Desert Storm, 11 Edward J.

40. Post–Gulf War Navy Adjustments to New Demands 23 Fighter Weapons School (more commonly known as TOPGUN) flew its last training sorties at NAS Miramar, California, as the Department of Defense’s base realignment and closure process converted that facility (which, for decades, had been dubbed the Navy’s “Fightertown”) into a Marine Corps air station. At that point, advanced naval air-to-air training moved to Fallon as TOPGUN was integrated into NSAWC. “Strike U” for air-to-ground applications was already well established at Fallon, where it had been put in place more than a decade earlier at the instigation of then-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman in response to the flawed Navy performance in the Lebanon strike of December 1983 and to the fleet readiness deficiencies that that performance so starkly highlighted.

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