Jan 1, 1996
This research brief describes work documented in Enhancing Air Power's Contribution Against Light Infantry Targets (MR-697-AF).
Excerpt: As demonstrated during Operation Desert Storm, U.S. air power has become adept at destroying mechanized ground forces. By contrast, the U.S. military has found it much more difficult to detect and engage lighter forces in complex terrain, such as urban areas and triple-canopy jungle. Confrontations with light forces will be more likely as the United States becomes increasingly involved in peacekeeping and enforcement operations. The Air Force has begun to consider how newly developed technologies might improve offensive capabilities against such forces.