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For the prior 80 years the U.S. army institution has labored to combine air energy into its doctrine, method, strength constitution, and strategies so as to maximize the nation's safety. This examine through Dr. Richard Davis, ready for the workplace of Air strength historical past, highlights one element of this strategy, that of offering the main powerful mixture of military and air forces to prosecute floor struggle.
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Action officers resisted innovation because they already had a full-time task and change increased their workload, while forcing them into a new area in which they had neither existing guidelines nor a safe course to follow. Naturally, this created an almost reflexive suspicion of and resistance to perceived threats, such as change and innovation, which may change the rules of bureaucratic engagement to one's disadvantage. In the case of the JFDG, the Chiefs purposely bypassed almost all the existing decisionmaking machinery.
23 This work was done confidentially and, although the Chiefs did not formally approve the recommendations, Generals George S. Brown and Creighton W. Abrams did 25 THE 31 INITIATIVES "endorse" them. Apparently the Chiefs approved of the spirit of Army - Air Force cooperation displayed. but not of the specifics contained in the recommendations. General Abrams sent a copy of the papers to the Commander of TRADOC. Gen. William E. DePuy. " Finally General Abrams "enjoined" his subordinate to further the Army - Air Force dialogue at his own level.
26 At the initial TAC-TRADOC meeting Generals DePuy and Dixon instructed their staffs to set up joint working groups for airspace management and reconnaissance/surveillance. They also decided that. in the future. TAC and TRADOC would address procedures to improve joint combat capability and to implement existing 26 BACKGROUND doctrine rather than concentrate on creating new doctrine. This sidestepped the traditional interservice disputes over roles and missions, freeing the two commands to seek practical, joint applications to the ground battle.