ABSTRACT

USAF and Technological Asymmetry: A Critique of Current Air Power Theory and Doctrine   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This monograph examines the question of whether the United States Air Force (USAF) is too reliant upon technological asymmetry. It examines four possible paths to over-reliance and then surveys Air Force doctrine and air power theory. The study then assesses that doctrine and theory in light of potential over-reliance on technological asymmetry. The analysis shows that the USAF is over-reliant on technological asymmetry. The current air power theory and doctrine of strategic attack requires technology to replace some aspects of human decision making, technology to replace strategy (to a degree), the elimination of fog and friction, and certainty regarding enemy reactions in order to be effective. These assumptions, which are the foundation of the theory, require careful and rigorous examination - which the Air Force has not yet accomplished. Over-reliance on technological asymmetry raises fundamental concerns, and USAF thinkers must address these concerns in order to make the theory and doctrine truly viable."

Report Number:
ADA301022
Author:
Publisher:
Date:
1995-05-19
Copyright:
Public Domain
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
URL:
Help with citations