This afternoon I’ll be on Midrats with EagleOne and CDR Sal. We’ll talk politics, strategy, AirSea Battle, what not, and so forth. Coincidentally, I just read this excellent Harold Winton article on Army-Air Force collaboration 1973-1990. Key points:
The relative cohesion and strength of the Army-Air Force partnership from 1973 to 1990 can be attributed in rough priority to:
- the unifying effect of the NATO defense mission;
- the close cooperation of personalities at or near the top of each service;
- a leadership shift in the Air Force that put fighter rather than bomber pilots in the majority of influential positions; and
- the clarity of the Army’s vision of how it intended to fight a future war that tended to pull the Air Force in its wake.
…There was, however, also a set of forces that tended to pull the services in opposite directions. These included:
- the operational differences between the media in which they fight;
- the cultural implications these differences engender;
- varying institutional structures for doctrinal formulation; and
- the capabilities of emerging technology.
Worth thinking about in context of USN-USAF cooperation in the Pacific.