Close Air Support: An Essential Element to Joint Combined Arms Operations

LTC Howard Murray and Mr Chris Stolz | Army Capabilities Integration Center | April 24, 2015

Close Air Support (CAS) is defined as "air action by fixed or rotary wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and that require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those force." From the first bombs dropped by hand on World War I trenches to Reaper strikes directed by troops in contact in Afghanistan, air assets have provided lifesaving and mission essential close air support to ground forces.

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