They incorporate both land and air forces throughout the depth of the
battlefield. Battles may combine the close-in and deep engagements into a
unified air-land fight.
Campaigns involve both operational and strategic levels of
warfare. They are associated with corps, armies, and echelons above armies.
Campaigns are the synchronization of simultaneous and successive battles.
They involve multi-service forces to achieve the higher ends of strategic
The objective of a campaign is to break the enemy's will by military means.
Campaigns are long term operations which may last weeks or months. They are
marked by a focus on:
The corps straddles an overlap area including the tactical and operational
levels of war.
In reality, corps may operate at both the tactical and
Because of its size, the corps is required to
anticipate the displacement and concentration of units. The corps has the
capability to maneuver units in a combination of directions.
It can also
conduct a series of combat actions leading to the defeat of an opposing
force. The corps has the capability to retain a high level of freedom of
action on the battlefield.
The corps is the focal point in coordinating the AirLand Battle.
It is the
primary interface agency between Air Force and Army elements.
Air Component of AirLand Battle
A unified battle plan must be supported by the combined employment of ground
and air systems. These elements cannot operate independently. The AirLand
Battle is integrated and air and ground systems are inseparable.
AirLand Battle is an attempt to insure unity of effort between the ground
from the tenet of depth.
It is a critical element of AirLand Battle
The ultimate purpose of the deep battle is to use the entire
depth of the battle field to strike the enemy.
It is a concept which
strikes directly at the Soviet concept of warfare. It aims at:
Limiting the enemy's ability to mass.
Breaking the enemy's momentum.