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Fresh campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq have validated that American provider air strength can behavior coordinated deep-strike missions way past coastal reaches, offering round the clock objective insurance, constantly exact goal assault, and a number of profitable targer assaults in line with sortie.
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The week that followed was the first since the war began on October 7 in which no bombs were dropped, although numerous armed F-14s, F/A-18s, B-52s, and B-1s continued to orbit on call over Kandahar and Tora Bora to attack any possible residual al Qaeda targets that might emerge. S. Troops in bin Laden Hunt; Hideouts Bombed,” New York Times, November 19, 2001. S. Keeps Pressure on al Qaeda,” Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2002. Douglas Frantz, “Hundreds of al Qaeda Fighters Slip into Pakistan,” New York Times, December 19, 2001.
An F-14 pilot and RIO orbiting overhead nearby would search for additional signs of activity and would visually confirm the suspected target to be a valid one. A staff operator in the CAOC, via the E-3 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, would then read exact target coordinates to the F-14’s RIO, who would finally program a JDAM for the assigned DMPI on the building as soon as approval to drop was received. At the war’s 45-day point, the Joint Staff’s spokesman, Rear Admiral Stufflebeam, reported that around 10,000 munitions of all types had been employed, a rate roughly comparable to that of the earlier Operation Allied Force over Serbia and Kosovo in 1999, which saw 23,614 munitions expended over its 78-day course.
Oliver, “Use the Carriers or Lose Them,” Proceedings, September 1993, p. ) Another occurred in 1994 during Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, when USS America (CV-66) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) were temporarily stripped of their air wings to transport the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the aviation brigade of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, respectively. 38 American Carrier Air Power at the Dawn of a New Century (CVN-68), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-70), Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), and Harry S.