BLUFLessons learned from Middle East Operations are applicable in both contested and uncontested air environments.
The U.S. Air Force must still prepare for more proxy wars similar to Syria.
- Importance of Deliberate targeting.
- Integrating air and ground-based operations.
- Preparing for contested airspace requires:
- More offensive platforms and improved firepower.
- Reducing the 72-hour air-tasking cycle.
- More intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for ground operations and deliberate targeting.
- Accepting more risk and inefficiency to win.
- Improving the ability to find mobile targets.
- Giving pilots more autonomy as communications are likely to be disrupted.
- Recognising the surface-to-air missile threat precludes U.S. aircraft loitering.
- Training U.S. forces in information and communication-degraded environments.
- Improving air-to-ground integration.
- Updating doctrine to ensure coordinated air, sea, and ground missile strikes.
- Improving the ability to integrate fires from multiple domains and battlespace management.
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