Rand Corp. report on ISIS air campaign: Intense bombing, depleted munitions. Targeting, battlespace, asset allocation issues. More weapons dropped. Shortage of intel, precision munitions. Improve targeteers, resource allocation.



  1. The air campaign against ISIS: Complex and intense, with resource challenges.
  2. Recommendations: Revise doctrine, improve targeting, modify asset allocation, enhance battlespace management, and prioritize self-defence rules.
  3. The intensity of bombing: Significantly higher than in previous conflicts, with a large number of munitions dropped.
  4. Challenges: Shortages in ISR assets and precision-guided munitions.
  5. Airpower's role: Crucial in defeating ISIS, but more aggression wouldn't have changed the timeline significantly.
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