AirLand Battle Doctrine

AirLand Battle was a doctrine developed by the U.S. Air Force and Army that leveraged the war fighting competencies from both services in a coordinated manner. This doctrine focused on attacking the enemy’s second and third echelons in depth with both air and ground assets, in addition to fighting along the forward edge of the battle area (FEBA). This entry reviews the developments leading up to AirLand Battle and discusses its features and tenets.

The 1970s: Field Manual 100-5

Following the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army looked to revise its doctrine while providing focus for future operations. In the 1970s, General William DePuy, commanding general of the army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), was eager to reorient the army following the humiliation of the U.S. withdrawal ...

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