"Hit My Virtual Smoke"

Zehner, Gregory S.
July 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jul2005, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p62
Conference Proceeding
The article comment on an article by D. Fuquea published in the May 2005 issue of the journal "Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute" discussing aspects of close air support (CAS). The initial error by Fuquea is the assertion that the U.S. Marines pioneered the use of manned aircraft to deliver ordnance in support of ground maneuver during the 20th Century. While he correctly presents the joint doctrine definition for CAS, he neglects to use any doctrinal sources in his work. The myriad of effects (CAS) produce is impossible for cruise missiles to reproduce. A cruise missile is a one-time shot. It is unable to return to the target area for another strike.


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