The Influence of Offensive Air Support in Modern Warfare

6.0 The Future of Offensive Air Support 40
6.1 The Future of Offensive Air Support 40
6.2 The Role for Offensive Air Support in the Future 43
7.0 Conclusion 45
Bibliography 49
Abstract
Warfare has been a part of the human experience dated back beyond recorded history. The modern version has destructive power that is beyond the imagination of those whom have not experienced it first hand, regardless of how one might tend to theorize. In the ancient world, the horrors of war in battles fought with sword, axe and arrows represented pitched battles on man-to-man combat and skill. By today’s standards that utilise rifles, aircraft, and standoff munitions, war is civilised. That is, unless one remembers the loss of life and destruction that makes the modern version not less barbaric than the ancient one.
This study represents a study of the influence of offensive air support in modern warfare, representing a look into the various modes and operational facets that comprise this field of operations on the battlefield. The history of offensive bombing missions has changed as tactics and weaponry as well as aircraft and missions have progressed1. An example of the preceding is the abandonment of daylight bombing missions during World War II as a result of the heavy losses faced by Allied aircraft due to effective air defences by Germany2. The historical examples to add impact to the focus of this…
The history of offensive bombing missions has changed as tactics and weaponry as well as aircraft and missions have progressed1. An example of the preceding is the abandonment of daylight bombing missions during World War II as a result of the heavy losses faced by Allied aircraft due to effective air defences by Germany2. The historical examples to add impact to the focus of this study are almost inexhaustible. But, the importance of the subject matter in terms of its implications as a part of events that impact us all, cannot be denied.
The study represents a look into the influence of offensive air support in modern warfare, the methodologies utilised in conducting the research are the foundational facets that contribute to the integrity of the study.
The preceding areas represent a means to look into the influence of offensive air support in modern warfare, as to its present state, how it morphed into this situation, and the future of offensive warfare.
The objective of the research is to uncover the answers and suppositions to the Aims of this study via the utilisation of secondary research methodologies.

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