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Old 05-09-2009, 04:12 AM
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Question what are "enabling capabilities"?

I'm trying to translate the following sentence (it is about the mission of the army aviation):
" combat support: to provide the enabling capabilities for combined arms operations".
I got the main idea, the helicopters' role is to enable the troops to fulfill their mission.
but does anyone know whether these "enabling capabilities" consist of fire support, or logistic support?
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:03 AM
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Got me there. I think your definition is about as good as any. I would have to imagine that to enable battlefield combatants to fulfill their mission they would need both logistical and fire support to fulfill their mission. Beans, bullets, reconnaissance, medevac & covering fire. All are necessary in today's battlefield.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:35 PM
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The three elements of maneuver warfare (combined arms warfare) are simplified to the tenets of 'Move, Shoot, Communicate'. Military aviation enhances all three - (MOVE) Helicopters can move troops and supplies quickly and to otherwise inaccesible places (like mountaintops), they can quickly cross enemy held areas for misssions such as aeromedical evacuation, and in large numbers they can be used for Air Assault missions, for rapid movement of large elements as part of combat operations. (SHOOT) With precision munitions such as JDAM and other guided bombs delivered from fast moving jets, machineguns mounted on slower aircraft like the AC-130 gunships and on helicopters, and missiles and rockets fired from heicopters and UAVs, Aviation can take out well protected, heavily armored or fast moving targets. (COMMUNICATE) Scout Helicopters, AWACS airborne warning and control planes, and UAVs give the ground commander a constantly updating picture of his battlespace in addition to what his ground elements see.

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