C4iSR: Air

Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

15 May 2017

Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential

Since 2010, US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft have engaged targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

Added to US military operations conducting aircraft carrier strikes in the previous couple of decades, this constant operational involvement has provided background experience unimaginable to any other carrier operator in the world. Naturally, this has enabled a raft of serious lessons to be learned and tactics, techniques, and procedures to be honed, along with new equipment developed and tailored.

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