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This entire legit heritage probes the little-known tale of ways the Gulf warfare air crusade plan got here to fruition. in keeping with archival documentation and interviews with usa Air strength planners, it takes the reader into the making plans cells the place the tricky paintings of creating an air crusade plan was once comprehensive on an around-the-clock foundation. It additionally areas the complexities of the making plans technique in the context of coalition targets within the Gulf battle.
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He requested a plan with three important characteristics: retaliatory purpose, strategic targeting, and a campaign, a series of interrelated operations as opposed to a few surgical tit-for-tat strikes. Its purpose was to punish Iraq if Saddam began murdering hostages or launching CW attacks. The targeting of Saddams homeland had to be severe in retaliation against such acts. Strategic strikes against Saddams country comprised the appropriate, harsh response. That the CENTCOM commander called the Air Staff for a retaliatory air campaign option would be misunderstood by some Air Staff planners, but Schwarzkopf had no doubt about why he called the Air Staff.
Both the CINCCENT and his J3 remembered the meeting as going well and their instructions being to continue planning along the courses outlined. 77 Without warning, on August 2 at 0100 local time in Kuwait, Iraq launched the invasion of its small, southern, oil-rich neighbor. Two divisions, armored and mechanized infantry of the Republican Guard Forces Command, launched the 21 Airpower Advantage main attack along the axis from Safwan to Abdali into Kuwait. A third Republican Guard armored division conducted a supporting thrust farther west.
Horner (center, rear) waits to brief Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney and President George H. W. Bush (left to right), among others, on August 4, 1990, at Camp David in Maryland. 101 This same airpower requirement appeared in Phase II of OPLAN 100290; now the CINCCENT repeated it as a requirement in the real-world crisis of Iraqs invasion of Kuwait. S. defensive operations, CENTCOM required 51/3 friendly divisions in theater. For offensive operations an additional 6 2/3 divisions were available for deployment, totaling 12.