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Force Multipliers: Combat-Support Air Operations

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Having dealt with the various types of combat air operations, we turn now to the second broad category of air operations identified in Chapter 3: combat-support air operations or ‘force multipliers’ as they are often called. Whilst combat-support air operations do not in themselves involve the direct use of combat capabilities, they can bring about major increases in the effectiveness of air, surface and sub-surface combat forces. Such capabilities — perhaps more than any other — make Fuller’s dictum on the fighting power of a force as valid for aviation forces as it for armies.

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… the fighting power of an army is the product and not the sum of the arms composing it.

Major-General J.F.C. Fuller

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Notes

  1. Defending Our Future — United Kingdom Statement on Defence Estimates 1993, Cm 2270, p. 29.

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  2. For a more detailed doctrinal analysis of electronic warfare see: Kopp, Carlo, ‘Command of the Electromagnetic Spectrum —An Electronic Combat Doctrine for the RAAF’, in ‘Air Power Studies Centre Paper No. 8’, dated November 1992.

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© 1996 Andrew G. B. Vallance

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Vallance, A.G.B. (1996). Force Multipliers: Combat-Support Air Operations. In: The Air Weapon. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-24420-1_7

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